(ANSA) - PARIS, MARCH 28 - Strong fears for public order today in Paris for the 10th day of union mobilization against the pension reform.
The social unrest, which has lasted for two and a half months, is registering a surge in tension also due to the serious incidents that took place last Saturday in western France, due to protests against the construction of a maxi reservoir for agricultural purposes.
Ecologists and militants were joined by radicalized elements and the day ended in a battle with dozens injured.
Two of these - two demonstrators - are still hospitalized in serious conditions and an investigation has been opened into the incident.
Today, in the demonstrations that will take place in over 200 cities, there should be a strong increase in the number of very young people, especially high school students.
The Ministry of the Interior, fearing incidents, deployed a record number of policemen and police officers, 13,000 of which 5,500 in Paris alone.
In the capital, the procession - which leaves at 2 pm from République - will split in two on its way towards Nation and part of the demonstrators will pass through the Bastille, an area at high risk as demonstrated in the latest demonstrations.
The secretary of the CFDT union, Laurent Berger, this morning called for "mediation" to find "a way out" of the situation that has blocked the country since 19 January.