Macron caves in, offers to scrap plan to raise pension age to 64 as Paris burns yet again
France's government offered a possible compromise to unions waging a crippling, weeks-long transport strike against pension reform. The government on Saturday offered to withdraw the most contested proposal that would in effect have raised the retirement age by two years.
As the crippling transport strike dragged into it's 39th day on Sunday, it wasn't clear that the government's offer to withdrawal one of the most contested measures of the pension reform plan would be enough to create a breakthrough.
Unions more heavily represented in the railways and the Paris subway system have adopted a tougher stance, demanding the government abandon its reform plan entirely before there can be a return to work.
Clashes between protesters and police continued into the late evening at a pension reform march in Paris on Saturday.— H24 News (@H24Nnews) January 11, 2020
Riot police charged demonstrators using batons and riot shields. Volleys of tear gas were fired into the crowd. #YellowVests #ParisAgreement #pensionreform pic.twitter.com/lbz1ZGGIWA
Riots in Paris today, January 11th, 2020 https://t.co/MXktOIjleV— Sylvie Gélinet d'Orgeval (@SylvieGelinet) January 12, 2020