Retirement Protest on Streets of Paris, Lyon and Marseille

Three million demonstrators in Paris, Lyon and Marseille rushed into streets to protest against retirement age raise on Saturday October 2, 2010. The wave of nationwide protests waved flags and banners and chanting slogans for many weeks to fight against the government’s upcoming plans of pension reform and retirement age raise. According to a debate in the Senate beginning on Tuesday, October 5, the French government will raise the minimum legal retirement age from 60 to 62. The reform reportedly is a key part of the government’s plan to balance the system’s finances by 2018 and decrease debts affected by the recession of 2008-2009. In Paris, about 4,000 demonstrators marched from Place d’Italie to the Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity, and Co-Development at 101 Rue de Grenelle. In Lyon, more than 2,000 people joined in a similar protest; at least 500 demonstrators rushed into street in Marseille. Let’s take an overview at the wave of protest having taken place in Paris, Lyon and Marseille.


Workers of transportation, diesel and jet fuel companies in France went to streets for nationwide protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy‘s plan to raise the retirement age to 62


The demonstration caused heavy traffic jam


1.500 petrol stations were closed or ran out of petrol due to their workers’ protests


22 policemen were reportedly injured and 196 students around the country were arrested


Nearly 300 students in Lyon participated in the demonstration. They burned the bus stops, toppled cars, burned garbage containers and threw bottles into streets


In Nanterre- in the north of Paris, 15 students were arrested due to causing 2 cars ablaze and others to be broken


261 schools in total had to be closed


Thousands of students left lessons and rushed into street participating in the protests. New retirement age reforms will affect their job opportunities in the future


In Paris, the protest became worse and worse when policemen fired rubber bullets and tear gas at students protesting outside


Cars were toppled by students in order to protest against the French government‘s plan to raise the retirement age to 62



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