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Police use tear gas against protesters in front of the headquarters of the Macron party

January 2, 2020

PARIS, Jan. 2 (DPA / EP) –

The Paris Police have used tear gas this Thursday to drive away the protesters who had gathered in front of the headquarters of the French President Emmanuel Macron, in the framework of the strike against pensions.

Dozens of protesters have fled in the middle of a dense cloud of smoke in the narrow streets near the Paris Opera where the headquarters of La República in Macha is located.

Police use tear gas against protesters in front of the headquarters of the Macron partyPolice use tear gas against protesters in front of the headquarters of the Macron party

Its leader, Stanislas Guerini, has condemned on Twitter what he has described as “an attempted intrusion by radicalized protesters” into the party's premises. Police have not confirmed what happened at headquarters, but said three people have been arrested during an unauthorized protest nearby.

In his televised New Year's message, Macron said he expects Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to find a compromise on pension reform with “unions and employers who want it.”

But he does not seem to have convinced the syndicates with his words, in which no specific concessions were offered on the plans to replace existing pension plans with a single national plan and raise the retirement age to receive the full pension from 62 to 64 years old

The leader of the CGT union, Philippe Martinez, told the RMC radio station in the New Year that he called on “all the French to mobilize, protest and go on strike.”

Paris train and public transport services have been disturbed by the strike that began on December 5, the longest in the history of the national railway company SNCF, according to the Gauls media.

Ministers are expected to meet with unions and employers on January 7 to discuss some aspects of pension reform plans.

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