On the impact of the chant of "Macron's independence" hundreds of thousands of French people demonstrated today in protest against the economic policies of the French President Emmanuel Macron's government, especially its plans to amend the pension system.
The news agency "Agence France Presse" quoted the French General Confederation of Labor "CGT", which is leading the protest movement, that the number of participants in the demonstrations reached 1.3 million throughout France, while it estimated their number in Paris between 350 and 400 thousand people marched in the center of the capital from the Place of the Republic towards Concorde Square, while the French Ministry of the Interior said that 249,000 people demonstrated in about sixty French cities and towns, including 31,000 in the capital, Paris.
One of the protesting union leaders said that the movement maintains its momentum .. The rate of participation in the strike is high and the movement is still ongoing and is not just a marginal move, while the leader of the "Manpower" union, Yves Fieret, indicated that when Macron says that the reform was there to stay for a long time, I can say that It will not last and I am convinced that it will end up with extensive changes.
As for the leader of the left-wing "Apia France" party, Jean-Luc Melanchon, he said that "when the cabinet discusses a bill, it clearly means that Macron is no longer seeking persuasion and his intention to win is the worst that can happen in a democratic society."
On the fifty-first day of the movement that started on the 5th of last December, the Secretary-General of the General Confederation of Labor Philip Martins pledged to “withstand until the draft amendment of the retirement system was withdrawn,” adding that “the mobilization is still great .. the government continues to stubbornness .. must continue to exert pressure on her".
The French authorities earlier in the day tightened their security measures in preparation for major demonstrations called by trade unions in Paris and other cities to protest the draft amendment of pension systems proposed by Macron.
And sectors other than transportation are committed to the strike, as the Eiffel Tower continues to be closed throughout the day, as well as some schools, while teachers lead the protests, and a new mobilization day was announced on January 29.
Protesters had closed yesterday, the largest hydroelectric site in France, "Grand Maison" in the context of protests against Macron's plans to amend the retirement law.