New protests take French streets against Social Security reform

In France this Sunday (19) a new day of protests against the controversial Social Security reform approved by decree by President Emmanuel Macron, one day before a crucial vote of a motion of censure against the Government and Parliament.

After weeks of demonstrations against the increase in the age of residence from 62 to 64 years, a police ordered, on Saturday (18), or date on Place de la Concorde, in the center of Paris, in front of the Parliament.

An emblematic square for the stage of two successive nights of protests that ended in riots and confrontations between protesters and the police.

On the eve of the vote, at the headquarters of politician Eric Ciotti – president of the right-wing party The Republicans, who announced that he will not vote for the motion of censure – was hit by stones.

On his Twitter account, Ciotti posted photos of the attacked headquarters and stated that “he will not give in to the new disciples of Terror.”

Deputies from the opposition forces will present two motions of censure, which will be discussed from the second fair (20).

In principle difficult, the approval of any one of the annulling or presidential decree that goes through the respective constitutional device – or article 49.3 -, or which allows to dribble to parliamentary voting. Isso would force Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to resign.

The votes of the two dissident parliamentarians of the Republicans are essential for the success of any motion of censure in Parliament.

– ‘Social tension’ –

At least 122 people were arrested in a protest that brought together nearly 4,000 demonstrators, on the other hand, in Paris. During a march, cans of lixo were set on fire, and we were hurt by bus pontos. Some barricades upright.

In Lyon, around 15 demonstrators were jailed, after the police alleged that “groups of violent individuals” were causing confrontations.

At the national level, there are 169 people.

In other parts of France there were also peaceful demonstrations and, in the port of Marselha, hundreds of people lined the streets.

“What remains for us to not continue protesting?” says Romain Morizot, a 33-year-old telecommunications engineer.

For Morizot, after the controversial use of article 49.3 by the government, “has potential for an increase in social tension.”

Philippe Martinez, leader of the CGT union, stated that there is “growing discontent.”

“There is a large majority against this law”, said the trade unionist on the BFMTV station.

– Dating of refineries –

On the other hand, the CGT announced that the workers will paralyze the largest oil refinery in France, located in Normandy (northwest). At the moment, as graves will barely prevent the escape of fuel from the refineries, but they will not be able to completely paralyze the operations.

The mobilization also affected the litter line in several suburbs of Paris, where about 10,000 tons of litter accumulated on the streets.

A non-day of mobilizations and greves is summoned for the fifth fair.

– “Add chaos to or chaos” –

In addition to increasing the legal age of the settlement, Macron’s reform seeks to increase the number of years necessary to contribute to the system to receive a full pension.

The government affirms that these changes are necessary to avoid increasing the deficit in the coming decades, when France will face the aging of the population.

His critics affirm that the reform represents an unfair burden on low-income workers, women and people with jobs that entail physical wear and tear. And the investigations of public opinion show an opposition to the increase in the number of settlements.

A poll of 2,000 people published today by the Journal du Dimanche showed 28% support for Macron, or lower percentage since the movement of the “Yellow Pigtails” in 2019, a protest that began against the increase in the price of fuels.

“It’s not like there will be a majority to overthrow or govern,” said the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, to the newspaper Le Parisien.

As attentions are turned to the Republican acronym and to the behavior of possíveis dissident legislators who distance themselves from the position of their leader, Ciotti. The latter justifies his refusal to vote as moções de censorship, because he does not want to “add chaos to chaos”.


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