France faces a new day of partial strikes this Saturday against Macron's pension reform after experiencing a new night of riots and protests on Friday that ended in violence, with 61 detainees in Paris and another 36 in Lyon.
The spontaneous demonstrations occurred for the second consecutive day after the approval on Thursday by decree of this law that delays the retirement age from 62 to 64.
The Place de la Concorde, in Paris, has become the symbol of the protests. Some 4,000 protesters gathered there and scenes of violence, barricades, people burning containers and clashes with the Police, who had to evacuate the square, were seen again.
Scenes of tension were also seen in cities such as Bordeaux or Lyon, where some radical protesters attacked the City Hall.
The unions have called to demonstrate this weekend and there will be a new day of general strike on Thursday. It is the ninth since the mobilization against the pension reform began.
In addition, there are strikes at the refineries, the General Directorate of Civil Aviation has asked to cancel between 20-30% of flights on Monday due to the air traffic controllers' strike and garbage continues to accumulate in Paris, due to the strike of the garbage collectors. There are already more than 10,000 tons accumulated on the streets of the capital in almost two weeks.
Macron decided to activate article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allows the approval of a law without a vote of the Assembly, given the doubts of not having the necessary support to move it forward in the Hemicycle.
The use of this article opens a political and social crisis of unknown consequences, since it is seen as an act of force on the part of the Government. This is the key reform of the president's second term and it is approved unless one of the two conspiracy motions presented yesterday by the opposition is successful.
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