PUBLISHED: 10:48, Tue, Jan 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:58, Tue, Jan 7, 2020
President Emmanuel Macron has angered workers with unpopular pension reforms which require people to work until 64 in order to qualify for a full pension – two years past the official retirement age. The public outrage has resulted in the biggest strike in decades in France shutting down public transport services. Numerous train lines, especially in Paris, have been seriously disrupted as a result of the strikes.
Recent footage on Twitter has shown protestors sparking a large bonfire in the huge train station as one protestor walked around with a lit flare.
Unions are trying to force the former investment banker to abandon his plans, with nationwide strikes since December 5, making them the longest in the country since the upheaval of 1968.
Mr Macron said in the prime-time televised address to the nation: “The retirement reform that I’ve committed myself to before you will be carried through because it is a project of social justice and progress."
He also stressed his belief that a compromise with unions would be found - but Mr Martinez was unmoved, telling broadcaster BFM: “I was under the impression of having heard these words a thousand times.
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Macron was sent another warning by protestors in Gare de Lyon (Image: Twitter @TeleiaLuttes)
President Emmanuel Macron has angered workers with unpopular pension reforms (Image: Twitter @TeleiaLuttes)
“I still do not see anything new in the government’s position.
“The alarm signal needs to be louder, we need strikes everywhere.”
Nevertheless, he said his organisation would be among those meeting with government officials on January 7.
He also stressed his belief that a compromise with