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Mobilization against pension reform: five cities to watch closely this Tuesday


FIG DATA - After a historic demonstration on January 31, the unions are calling to pound the pavement a third time this February 7.

Decisive week for pension reform.

While the bill carried by the government has arrived in the National Assembly for two weeks of examination which promise to be incandescent, a new day of mobilization is organized by the unions, always united, this Tuesday.

With the aim of doing better than the previous week, when 1.27 million people gathered across the country in more than 250 processions.

Thanks to our inventory of all the events that have already taken place in France,

Fig Data

reveals the five cities to watch to assess this unprecedented social movement.

Annonay in Ardèche

Unknown to the general public, this town of around 16,000 inhabitants appeared on the front of the stage thanks to its former socialist councilor between 2008 and 2017, the current Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt.

While the ex-mayor defends the pension reform carried by the executive, his stronghold opposes it tooth and nail.

After a relatively large first parade – 3,000 people Thursday, January 19 – for the department, the Annoneans mobilized in large numbers last week.

They were 7,000 to pound the pavement Tuesday, January 31, or nearly 12.5% ​​of the urban area.

A figure that places the minister in a fragile position.

He who is also targeted by a judicial investigation by the National Financial Prosecutor's Office for "favoritism" linked to his former Ardèche functions.

Foix in Ariège

It is quite simply the city most mobilized against the pension reform since the start of the strikes.

If the total of protesters, taken in absolute value, may seem insignificant, 5,000 then 5,600, this is to be related to the number of inhabitants: less than 25,000 in this urban area, according to INSEE.

This means that one in five Fuxeans beat the pavement on Thursday 19 and Tuesday 31 January.

On this land acquired from the socialists for several decades and where public jobs are massively present, the parade of February 7 promises to be notable once again.

Langres in Haute-Marne

Less involved since the beginning of this social movement, the north-east of France is however not totally absent.

Proof of this is with the sub-prefecture of Haute-Marne, which is also one of the most rural departments in the country.

The number of people quadrupled between the first two days of strikes: from 600 on January 19 to 2,800 the following week.

A certain increase in mobilization.

Especially since the town has barely 8,000 inhabitants.

The other small localities (Chaumont, Saint-Dizier, Joinville) in the department also experienced more massive parades, making Haute-Marne a territory to follow on Tuesday.

Morlaix in Finistère

10,000 demonstrators for 14,000 inhabitants.

If the whole of Brittany seems extremely mobilized against Emmanuel Macron's project, Finistère, and more particularly the town of Morlaix, turns out to be one of the epicenters of the protest.

Despite other large gatherings nearby, such as Lannion, the Finistère sub-prefecture first brought together 5,000 people on January 19.

Before this show of force twelve days later.

The town, which placed Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the lead during the last presidential election, is also one of the cradles of the movement of "red caps" against the "heavy duty tax" which had violently shaken the region in the fall. 2013.

Rodez in Aveyron

After a first demonstration described as "


" by the local press, where 11,000 people from all over the Aveyron department had beaten the pavement, the discontent has somewhat ebbed in Rodez.

Thus, they were only 7,500 in the street on Tuesday, even if the unions estimated their number at 15,000. A slight decline which led to a change of strategy.

In addition to the prefecture, four new meeting places have been announced: Millau, Saint-Affrique, Decazeville and Villefranche-de-Rouergue.

There is no doubt that the mobilization will however be to be watched in Rodez, one of the only cities led by someone close to the presidential party.

Source: lefigaro

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