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France protests: Physicians and Attorneys march against Macron Retirement reforms

The demonstration, which moved from Bastille into Opera, was the most up-to-date in a wave of protests from Macron’s trademark reform: streamlining France’s complicated and costly pension system which permits some French employees to return as young as 50.

It’s contributed to over 60 times of strikes and protests, includng transportation workers, women’s groups, and people from the tourism and energy industries, which has witnessed tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower shut and gas and electricity cut off by employees at plants.

However, Macron has stuck company to his reform, hoping that he could force it through parliament in February despite continuing industrial action and widespread resistance.

What’s the reform?

The program will streamline France’s 42 retirement strategies into one point-based system for most employees, private and public sector alike, and also abolish exceptional provisions for many employees. Additionally, it will present a minimal pension.

The new point system will develop into position beginning in 2022 for the youngest workers, then slowly for elderly employees.

The authorities backed down before this month on strategies to increase the age to be given a complete retirement to 64, at least for today. Rather, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe consented to negotiate with unions beginning next week on a means to generate the new retirement system fiscally sustainable — and that is very likely to require finally increasing the retirement age.