Self-employed professionals in Paris protest over pension reforms

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As a cross-party parliamentary committee on Monday began to examine the draft pension reform legislation, aimed at merging the country’s 42 separate pension schemes into a points-based “universal” system, self-employed professionals, including lawyers and healthcare practitioners, took to the streets of Paris to protest the planned changes, which they argue will increase their social charges, lower their pension rights and drive many out of business.

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Self-employed private sector workers from across France, including lawyers, airline pilots, doctors and other health professionals have protested in Paris against the government’s pension changes, reports The Guardian.