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Demonstration against pension reform: the entrance to the town hall burned down in Bordeaux


The fire was started on Thursday, March 23, voluntarily by demonstrators and it lasted about fifteen minutes. A fire occurring shortly before the visit of Charles III to Bordeaux.

The porch of the Bordeaux town hall, where King Charles III is to be received on Tuesday March 28, was briefly set on fire on the evening of Thursday March 23, during incidents which followed the demonstration against the pension reform .

The fire, started voluntarily, lasted about fifteen minutes, damaging the massive wooden door of the building, before being extinguished by the firefighters, explained on the spot Pierre Hurmic, EELV mayor of Bordeaux.


It's the house of Bordeaux, I don't really see the symbol behind it

," said the elected official who said he was "

very shocked

" in front of journalists.

According to the prefect of Gironde Etienne Guyot, present at his side, "

investigations are in progress

" and "

a person has apparently been arrested


You have a number of activists who attacked street furniture

” after the Bordeaux demonstration and “

who are ambushed

” in the city, added the state representative.

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The entrance to the town hall, weakened, will "

be consolidated so that it works as soon as possible

", specified the mayor, while the King of England Charles III must go to Bordeaux on Tuesday within the framework of his state visit to France, his first abroad as a sovereign.

It is not us who decide

” and “

we will adapt to the decisions which will be taken

”, continued Pierre Hurmic, questioned on a possible questioning of this visit.

In Bordeaux, Thursday's demonstration brought together between 18,000 and 110,000 people depending on the prefecture and the inter-union.

For the first time since the start of the movement against the pension reform as part of a declared procession, tear gas was used on Thursday by the police against groups of masked young people throwing projectiles and setting fires at barricades.

In total, seven people were arrested for throwing projectiles, arson and contempt, announced the prefecture.

Source: lefigaro

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