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Paris, April 14 – Police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators against controversial pension reform in Lyon, France, according to local newspaper Lyon Mag.
On Friday, France’s Constitutional Council approved a key article in a pension reform bill that calls for a gradual increase in the retirement age in France from 62 to 64 by 2030. The Elysee Palace said Emmanuel Macron would sign the law in the coming days.
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In anticipation of the decision of the Constitutional Council in all cities of France, opponents of raising the retirement age began to protest.
It is reported that 200-300 people gathered near the prefecture in Lyon. Protesters began calling for strikes and violent demonstrations. “We will also move to force!” they chanted.
The police used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.
After the announcement of the Constitutional Council’s decision, French trade unions said they would not agree to a meeting with the country’s government on pension reform until May 1, and called for an “exclusive and popular” protest to take place on that day.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born used Article 49.3 of the constitution on March 16 to pass a law to raise the country’s retirement age from 62 to 64 without a vote in parliament, sparking protests in the country. In France, 12 nationwide protests against pension reform have already broken out. All of them were accompanied by riots, clashes between police officers and demonstrators, and arrests.
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