Mounds of rubbish pile up in Paris as binmen strike over pensions


The Paris police prefect announced Wednesday evening that municipal employees are to be requistioned to begin clearing up rubbish that has been piling and rotting in the streets of the capital due to a nine-day and now extended strike by refuse collectors protesting at pension reform plans that would see their retirement age raised from 57 to 59.

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More than 7,000 tonnes of foul-smelling rubbish and waste continued to pile up in Paris, blocking doorways and pavements, as refuse collectors extended their nine-day strike for at least another five days in protest at Emmanuel Macron’s plan to increase the retirement age, reports The Guardian.