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France 24: Hundreds of thousands protest across France against pension reform, unions vow to ramp up strikes 

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in France on Saturday in a fourth day of action against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform, with unions planning to ramp up strikes if the plan is not dropped. 

Unlike on the three previous protest days there was no call for a day of nationwide strikes, although air traffic controllers at Paris’ second airport staged a surprise walkout that resulted in the cancellation of half of flights. 

Macron and his government face a two-way fight to implement the plan to raise to pension age from 62 to 64 by overcoming resistance on the streets and also pushing the legislation through parliament. 

The CGT union said that 500,000 people were protesting in Paris alone, higher than the 400,000 it counted on the last protest day on February 7.  

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WNU Editor: French President Macron was re-elected last year. There are 5 more years left in his term. His position is secure. These protests are not going to make him change his push for pensions reforms. 

Hundreds Of Thousands Protest Across France Against Pension Reforms  

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