MADRID, 18 March (EUROPA PRESS) –
At least 71 people have been arrested in recent protests in Paris against the pension reform imposed by the government of French President Emmanuel Macron, which was presented on Thursday using Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which means the ratification of every norm without a vote. unless a motion of no confidence is given.
Movements took place all over France this Saturday, and particularly in Paris at 8 PM, the Police Motor Brigade to Suppress Violence (BRAV-M) appeared to intervene and use tear gas against rebels “trying to retreat”. set up barricades and set trash cans on fire,” said a police source.
The same source quoted the newspaper “Le Figaro”, “The organizers wanted the demonstration to be dispersed in an environment where there were many bandits.”
According to officials quoted by BFMTV television, the day in Paris has been subject to a controversial ban on performances on the Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysees due to the risk to public order and safety.
The source consulted warned that people attempting to gather in these areas would be evicted and possibly fined if they violated the ban.
Protesters instead entered the Halles shopping center in the French capital. Videos posted on social media show protesters entering the mall building, despite opposition from security guards.
In the framework of these protests, the union (General Confederation of Workers (CGT)) reported that the Total Energies refinery in Normandy was closed. The union wrote on Twitter, “Refines go on strike one after another. The movement promises to be bigger than October 2022. They are on strike in addition to the oil depots! FILL THE TANK!”
There were also mobilizations involving thousands of people in cities such as Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes or the Gap. According to the police, 1,500 participants were counted in the General De Gaulle square in Marseille. According to ‘Ouest France’, around 9,000 people attended in Nantes.
From the opposition, they continue to criticize the Government, which they call “not respecting the constitution” and even “rule against the people”, in the words of La France disobedient MP Antoine Léaument.
A new appointment is scheduled for Monday to discuss the reform text, which will once again feature prominently in Los Republicos, whose support could lead to the approval of a no-confidence motion against the Macron government.
Following the no-confidence motion, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire blamed the opposition in an interview with Le Parisien, urging Republicans to “restore their morale” and “abandon all political stances”. . For Le Maire, it’s “nonsense” for conservative MPs to vote for the far left.
As of today, at least 4 of the 61 Los Republicos deputies in the National Assembly will vote in favor of the LIOT group — Freedom, Independents, Overseas and Territories — no-confidence motion.
Source: Noti Merica