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A general strike paralyzes France |

A general strike paralyzes France |

The French are taking to the streets against the planned pension reform. Half of the teachers are on strike, the Paris metro runs erratically.

In France, a second nationwide general strike against a planned pension reform began on Tuesday with major disruptions to public transport. The Paris metro was only running sporadically. Two out of three high-speed TGV train connections fail. According to the union, half of all primary school teachers will not teach.

Electricity production fell by 4.4 percent in the morning hours as power plant workers joined the strikes. Energy giant TotalEnergies has stopped shipping petroleum products.

He retired at the age of 64 instead of 62 years old

The strikers had paralyzed the entire country on January 19, and there were clashes between demonstrators and the police. President Emmanuel Macron He wants to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. In doing so, he accommodated the opponents of reform, because he originally wanted to raise the retirement age to 65.

Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne has already stated that the 64-year-old limit is not negotiable. Until now, this was unacceptable to the trade unions. “This reform is unfair and brutal,” said the UN Secretary-General to Public Sector Workers, Luke Farr.


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