Protests erupt in France over Macron’s retirement age push

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to increase the retirement age without a vote, sparking protests on the streets of Paris.


World News

March 17, 2023 - 2:12 PM

France's President Emmanuel Macron. (Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

PARIS (AP) — Angry protesters took over the streets in Paris on Friday, trying to pressure lawmakers to bring down French President Emmanuel Macron’s government and doom the unpopular retirement age increase he’s trying to impose without a vote in the National Assembly.

A day after Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne invoked a special constitutional power to skirt a vote in the chaotic lower chamber, lawmakers on the right and left filed no-confidence motions that are expected to be voted on early next week.

Crowds gathered throughout the day Friday, halting cars along a Paris ring road and blocking university campuses. Sanitation workers extended their 12-day strike, leaving piles of foul-smelling rubbish across the capital and blockading Europe’s largest incineration site.

March 17, 2023
October 29, 2021
December 10, 2018
December 4, 2018