War of figures in France for the umpteenth day of mobilization against the pension reform. According to the CGT unitary unions, more than one million people demonstrated throughout the country, while the Interior Ministry speaks of 368 thousand people. The same contrast also for the main procession of the capital, with the unions speaking of 300 thousand people and the ministry of 48 thousand. In Paris there were also moments of tension with the police who arrested 32 people.
On the seventh day of protests against the reform in Paris, clashes were reported between groups of masked people and police, who are working to keep these violent nuclei away from the bulk of the demonstrators. Along the way, from Place de la République to the Bastille, windows were broken, damage to a motorcycle shop, shelters destroyed and numerous objects were thrown, in one case not only against the police but also against a group of trade unionists. There were 32 arrests, according to what was announced by the prefecture, slightly up compared to previous demonstrations, although in the more than 200 cities of France where the protests take place, participation in the marches is down compared to last Tuesday. Scuffles also reported in Nantes, western France.
"If Macron is so confident, we ask him to consult the French" on pension reform. This was said by the leader of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, speaking shortly before the start of the demonstration in Paris. In the wake of the unions, the leader of the far-left French, Jean-Luc Melenchon, also asked President French to "consult the people" on pension reform. "In a democratic country - said the founder and number one of France Insoumise - in a situation of impasse created by power, a democratic solution is needed".
Meanwhile, the streets of Paris are submerged in garbage. These are incredible images coming from the capital French, posted on Twitter by residents and relaunched by the main news sites. This situation is due to the strike of garbage collectors, again as part of the protest against the pension reform. In the photographs you can see overflowing bins on the sidewalks and garbage bags on top of each other. Scenes never seen before in the Ville Lumiere. In other cities in France, a garbage collectors' strike is also taking place, for example in Nantes where a waste accumulation is beginning to occur.