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Pension reform: mobilization exceeds one million demonstrators

CARTE – The unions still hope to push back the executive. Find city by city the number of demonstrators.

Nicole Triouleyre
, Nicolas Mondon
, Arthur Biotat
et Fig Data

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Demonstration against the pension reform, in Pont-Audemer (Eure), March 7, 2023. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes

The goal can be summed up in five words:France at a standstill“. With demonstrationshistorical», renewable strikes, but also busy roundabouts or canceled shows, the unions still hope to make the executive back down.

The unions, who are playing their all out against the government a few days before a probable adoption of the pension reform in the Senate, welcomed on Tuesday a “historical mobilization“, calling on the government not to “stay deaf“, even if strike rates remained below record highs. In the cities, the mobilizations were supported even if in the big cities, the demonstrators did not always respond present. At 5:30 p.m., the symbolic bar of one million demonstrators was reached.

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The leaders of the main unions had indicated that they were waiting “more than two millionof demonstrators for this sixth day of mobilization against pension reformwhich, according to them, marks the beginning of anew phaseof the social movement. “We must not resign ourselves, it is possible to roll back the government on 64 years“, had launched the boss of the CFDT Laurent Berger, who hopes to beat the record of January 31 (2.5 million participants according to the organizers, 1.27 million according to the authorities). At 1 p.m., the leader of the CFDT union was already hailing a “historical mobilizationagainst the pension reform. “It will be the strongest day of mobilization since the beginning of the conflict“Added the secretary general of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, from the same procession.

A France at a standstill,it is obviously bad for our fellow citizens», et «the first penalized, when we have strikes, they are the most modest French», a criticized Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne on Monday eveningdefending on France 5 a reform that will ensure the sustainability of “one of the pillars of our social model».

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The executive, which has so far suffered the first large-scale waves against the pension bill, expects this Tuesday, March 7 to a surge of anger Through the whole Country. According to the forecasts brought to the attention of the Figaro, analysts at Place Beauvau estimate that between 1 and 1.4 million people are expected to take to the streets of France. That is to say a level of protest that could cross the peak recorded in the fall of 2010, at the height of the revolt against the Woerth law defending the passage of the legal age of departure from 60 to 62 years.

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At 5 p.m., some 700,000 people demonstrated in Paris on Tuesday according to the CGT to AFP, while the figure from the authorities was not immediately available. This is more than during previous days of action, when the union’s estimates had never exceeded 500,000.

Record broken by protesters in several cities

In Reims, the demonstrators responded with 7,500 people in the street, much more than on January 31 (6,000). Record beaten in Nantes (30,000), Caen (24,000), Angers (17,000), Rodez (14,500) in Niort with 8,000 demonstrators in Deux-Sèvres, Bayonne (13,000) and Pau (15,500) in the Pyrenees -Atlantiques, in Chalon-sur-Saône (9000), in Chambéry (8500), in Besançon (11,000), in Blois (11,000), in Narbonne (6500), but also in Romorantin-Lanthenay and Vendôme in the Loir- et-Cher, in Guéret in Creuse, in Nyons in Drôme, in Quimperlé in Finistère, in Dreux in Eure-et-Loir, in Auch in Gers, in Arles in Bouches-du-Rhône, in Dieppe in Seine-Maritime, in Draguignan in the Var, in Coutances in the Manche, in Pithiviers in the Loiret.

At 5 p.m., according to figures given by the various prefectures, there were approximately 944,000 demonstrators against 932,000 on January 31, or 1.2% more people in the streets of France.

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