France was hit with a wave of power cuts as 1000’s of staff rallied in opposition to the federal government’s plan to boost the retirement age to 64.
Union activists minimize electrical energy to just about 100,000 properties or places of work in Bordeaux and Lyon, whereas employees on the Eiffel Tower walked off the job.
Even Paris opera staff joined in Tuesday’s nationwide protests, singing an aria in protest.
Despite 13 days of crippling prepare and subway strikes, French president Emmanuel Macron and his authorities have refused to present in to the employee’s calls for.
Prime minister Edouard Philippe declared his “total” dedication to reshape a pension system which unions have fun as a mannequin for the remainder of the world, however which he calls unfair and destined to break down into debt.
Lighting pink flares and marching beneath a blanket of union flags, 1000’s of staff snaked by means of French cities from Brittany on the Atlantic to the Pyrenees in the south.
Hospital staff in scrubs, Air France employees in uniforms and legal professionals sporting lengthy black robes joined individuals from throughout the French workforce in the strikes and protests in larger numbers than the final cross-sector walkout final week.
The Eiffel Tower was shut for the second time for the reason that strike, some of the protracted France has seen in years, began on December 5.
Police in Paris barricaded the presidential Elysee Palace, bracing for violence by yellow vest activists or different radical demonstrators.
Across the French capital, union leaders mentioned Mr Macron ought to drop the retirement reform.
“They should open their eyes,” mentioned Philippe Martinez, the top of the CGT union, on the head of the Paris march.
Costume fitter Bernard Buffet, 63, is retiring in April after 35 years on the Bastille Opera.
However, he mentioned he was protesting in solidarity with youthful colleagues.
“The government is stuck on the reform. They are very arrogant,” he mentioned.
Mr Philippe confirmed new negotiations with unions will begin on Wednesday, however confirmed no signal of backing down.
“Democratic opposition, union opposition is perfectly legitimate,” he instructed MPs. “But we clearly laid out our plans. And on this plan, the creation of a universal retirement system, my determination … is total.”