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French transport networks and schools were severely disrupted on Tuesday. second This month saw another union staged. mass Strike against the government to raise the retirement age For most workers.

Opposition parties and unions Calls for people to protest in Major cities that you are looking for a Repetition the previous step. major demonstration More than 1,000,000 people took part in the protests against January 19th’s plans. The transportation network was disrupted by strikes that day. to a standstill And shuttered The Eiffel Tower to visitors.

ParisMore than 100 schools are expected to open in the future to The major education union FSU stated on Twitter that close to 60% of teachers had walked out.

It was expected that the French capital would be there to bear the brunt of the protests and the country’s interior minister Gérald Darmanin said 4,000 police would be deployed to Ensure strikes are taken “without any serious incidents.”

The city’s transport agency RATP warned that the metro and suburban rail services would be “very disrupted.”

SNCF National Railway Operator stated that the TGV has seen two-thirds of its trains. France’s intercity high-speed rail service, would be canceled Tuesday and only 20% of regional trains would operate.

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10% of all short-haul flights were cancelled, but the strike would not impact long-haul service. Eurostar cancelled several of its services in the interim. Paris London.

They would. Philippe Martinez is the leader of one protest, which saw 248 people demonstrate across the nation. France’s biggest confederation of unions CGT, told The Sunday Review affiliate BFM-TV Tuesday.

The despite the mass action, President Emmanuel Macron’s government is standing firm on planned pension reformsThis will slowly increase the age Where French citizens can draw a state pension to 64 from 62.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne said raising the retirement age Was “not negotiable,” During an interview with a domestic TV station France Info.

The government stated that the legislation is required to Take action a The funding deficit is not met, however. reforms Workers were furious a Time when costs of living are increasing.

Participants included thousands in mass demonstrations Streets of Paris Last year, protests against the rising cost of living and strikes by workers demanding better pay resulted in fuel pump failures to run dry National a Few months back.

France The country spends almost 14% of its GDP on pensions. It is the highest rate of any country. in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Raising the retirement age to 64 France Below the norm in Europe in There are many countries in the world that have advanced economies. age The 65th day at which pension benefits become fully paid is when the majority of people are moving toward 67.

— Marguerite Lacroix contributed to This is the article.