Demonstrations, police repression, France is forcing a controversial reform

The French government persists in forcing through and against the opinion of the people a largely rejected pension reform. Saturday, at the end of a new day of mobilization against the reform punctuated by police violence, the Senate adopted the text to retire at 64 years old against 62 years old currently.

Saturday, around midnight, the Senate, with a majority on the right, adopted the pension reform by 195 votes against 112 a few hours after a new demonstration of national scale in France.

Ten days after the debates and demonstrations hostile to the project widely contested by the French, the Senate approved this flagship measure by President Emmanuel Macron. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne welcomed an “important step taken” in a statement to the French press agency after the vote.

Elisabeth Borne said she was convinced that “there is a majority” in Parliament to adopt the reform, pending a decisive vote on Thursday in the National Assembly.

But first, it is now the turn of the Joint Joint Committee (CMP) to enter the scene, a conclave which will bring together 7 deputies, 7 senators, and as many substitutes on Wednesday in a closed room at the Palais Bourbon with the objective to reach a compromise on the measures that the Assembly and the Senate did not vote in the same terms.

On the left, PS Senator Monique Lubin, castigated a “brutal” reform. “It’s a black day for all employees in this country,” she lamented.

As the Senate wrapped up its reform review, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in a seventh day of action. The secretary general of the CFDT, Laurent Berger reaffirmed that the determination of the unions and the demonstrators is “strong”.

In Paris, where the demonstrations experienced tragic clashes with the police, the Ministry of the Interior counted 48,000 demonstrators and 368,000 demonstrators in France. According to the CGT, more than a million people demonstrated in France.

Shocking videos of savage repression by the police against demonstrators, who included women and the elderly, went around the web but were not relayed by the French press.

Impressive crowds gathered at Place de la Bastille in Paris to express their rejection of this reform which pushes the French to work longer.

The security forces violently pushed back the demonstrators to make them fall and beat them with truncheons. Press covering the rallies were also targeted with batons by the police.

At 6:30 p.m., 32 people had been arrested by the police for participation in a group to commit violence or degradation, according to the police headquarters.

People were taken to task and clubbed by several police officers. Head injuries continued to be beaten.

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