More than 1 million people took to the streets against pension reform in France

Demonstrations were held across France with the call of trade unions against the reform, which includes raising the retirement age by 2 years to 64.

The demonstrators demanded that the government abandon the reform, which was adopted as final, without a vote in parliament.

Tensions broke out between police and demonstrators in Dijon, Rennes and Rouen.

In the protest, which was approved by the police in the capital, Paris, a clash broke out between the police and the demonstrators.

Some of the demonstrators set fire to garbage and garbage bins on the streets of Paris, destroyed bus stops.

Unauthorized demonstrations in the city continue.

Unions said “continue” the demonstrations

In a joint statement, the country’s leading labor and student unions called for demonstrations against the reform over the weekend and on Tuesday, March 28, and to strike on Tuesday.

172 people were detained

In a statement to the local press, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin stated that at least 172 people were detained and 149 policemen and gendarmes were injured during the demonstrations.

Darmanin noted that 140 fires were extinguished across the country and 50 fires continued in Paris.

According to the organizers, 3.5 million people attended the demonstrations in France, and 1 million 89 thousand people according to the Ministry of Interior.

Opponents of the reform set fire to the gate of the town hall in the city of Bordeaux.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, in a statement on Twitter, stated that the violence and destruction that occurred during the demonstrations was “unacceptable”.

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