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Violence erupts in Paris as police clash with protestors on second day of demonstrations

Police clashed with protestors again, angered at plans by the French government to increase the retirement age.

Protestors set a fire near Paris’ National Assembly Building, where they were confronted by riot police.

Reuters TV broadcast images of police using tear gas to control the crowds, while protestors chanted “Macron!

This is the second motion of no confidence against the French president that was filed by Marine Le Pen’s party Rassemblement National. It was signed in part by 88 cross-party MPs.

Image Photo: AP
Image Photo: AP

A second group of independent politicians proposed a second motion, which was signed by 91 MPs representing five parliamentary groups.

On Friday morning, police pepper-sprayed protesters near Sorbonne University. Other protestors blocked traffic and bin collection stopped. Students walked out of lectures.

Image Photo: AP
Image: Protests against the National Assembly. Pic by AP

Many are upset at the decision of Mr Macron to force through a bill in parliament to increase retirement age from 62 years to 64, without any vote.

Mr Macron directed Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne use an Article 49.3 special constitutional power to push through the controversial reform at the National Assembly, France’s lower house.

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Image: Demonstrators close to the National Assembly

According to French media, Paris’s Peripherique, the main ring road that runs around the capital, was shut down at nearly 200 points on Friday morning during peak rush hour.

Gerald Darmanin (French Interior Minister) stated that 310 people were detained in protests in France on Thursday. 258 of these were in Paris.

Macron’s risky strategy has angered unions, opposition politicians, and many citizens.

The process to no-confidence vote against the government was expected to begin by the opposition parties later Friday. However, the vote is most likely to be held next week.

Image Members hold placards and sing Marseillaise, France’s national anthem

Although nationwide strikes have been erupted over the controversial reform since January, anger at the political chaos has grown tremendously.

The Gilets Jaunes, also known as the Yellow Vest protestors or the Gilets Jaunes, the group that has caused France to stand still at many points in recent times, are also expected to take the streets later.

The largest European waste incinerator is not the only one where rubbish collectors insist they will intensify strikes to force the government into a reversal.

Image: Streets are clogged with garbage. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

France Info reported that the collectors had voted for continued strike action until at most 20 March.

Since the strike began, Paris has still not collected more than 9,000 tonnes worth of waste.

Regis Vieceli, a CGT union representative, said, “I call, the CGT union calls for a massive movement, and for workers to strike massively.”

“That’s all they need to do to get them back on their feet. We must hit them with the financial consequences. They’ll cry on Macron’s shoulder when they see the financial impact.


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