Electricians on Tuesday carried out a power cut in a large area of Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine) which houses the headquarters of media and digital companies, to challenge the pension reform law adopted this spring. The headquarters of Orange and the France group Médias Monde, which includes RFI radio and the news channel France 24, confirmed to AFP that they were affected by this cut around 10:00, including from an Enedis source station, where several dozen electricians gathered in the early morning.
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The headquarters of Orange, deprived of electricity, was evacuated and many employees returned home to telework, said the management to AFP. "Part of the headquarters of France Media World is affected by the cut and is currently powered by generators pending the return to normal," the group told AFP, adding that there had been no impact on the broadcasting of programs. Many other company headquarters were affected, such as the headquarters of Microsoft France, the headquarters of Bouygues Immobilier, as well as buildings of the Post Office and Sanef, evacuated, AFP found.
The idea is to make the government understand that we are against this reform project and that we are trying to make ourselves heard," Frédéric Probel, general secretary of the Energie Bagneux union, told reporters. "Our mission is to distribute gas and electricity H24, if we are not there, there is none," he added, repeating that he and his colleagues did not want to "suffer this law": "we do not want to leave at 64 and we must leave our particular regime". "How are we going to hire people who will work in three-eights in nuclear power plants tomorrow, if they do not have a protective status as we had?" he wondered in conclusion.
This action comes during the 14th day of national mobilization and possibly the last, against this text whose first decrees were published Sunday. In addition to the gradual increase in the legal retirement age from 62 to 64, the most controversial measure, electricity and gas workers reject the abolition of their special pension scheme, which is more protective.