Marches held across France for pay rises and against pension reform


A nationwide day of action called by one of France's major cross-trades unions, the CGT, in support of pay rises and against President Emmanuel Macron's announced plan to raise the retirement age on full benefits from 62 to 65, drew a turnout of 250,000 marchers according to organisers, and around half of that total according to the interior ministry.

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The French government vowed on Thursday to push through pension reform by the end of the winter despite opposition from unions which launched a first major day of strikes the same day, reports FRANCE 24.