PARIS, March 29: Some 740,000 people took to the streets in France on Tuesday in renewed protests against the government’s pension reform bill, the French Interior Ministry said.
However, France’s largest union, the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), estimates that the number of protesters was much higher than the official figure. According to the CGT, more than 2 million people across the country participated in the demonstrations on Tuesday.
Most of the protests were peaceful, although participants wearing black ski masks looted a supermarket in Paris.
The Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles stood in solidarity with the protests by remaining closed to visitors.
The main unions have already scheduled the 11th general mobilization for April 6.
However, since two motions of no confidence against the French government failed to reach a majority in the National Assembly on Monday, the reform bill is considered approved without a vote in the lower house of parliament.
French President Emmanuel Macron said last Wednesday that the reform should become law “before the end of the year.”
Under the reform, the legal retirement age would be raised progressively three months a year from 62 to 64 by 2030, and a guaranteed minimum pension would be introduced. At least 43 years of work are required to qualify for a full pension. Nepal