A restaurant loved by Emmanuel Macron is in flames after it was targeted by angry protestors against the French President’s pensions reforms. Dramatic images La Rotonde burning as plumes of black smoke billow across the skies in the French capital of Paris.
Protests in the French city have turned violent as talks between trade union leaders and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne broke up on Wednesday without a breakthrough, setting the stage for protesters’ return to the streets.
Furious protestors have clashed with police in violent scenes, as hundreds and thousands take to the streets to demand Macron change his proposal to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64.
French protesters invaded BlackRock in Paris (Image: AP)
French railway workers invaded US financial company BlackRock in Paris on Thursday over Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reforms. Violent protests escalated over pension plans that have cornered and weakened French President Emmanuel Macron.
Strikers again closed the Eiffel Tower, while 100 demonstrators blocked a road leading to Terminal 1 at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Thursday morning and entered the terminal building.
The airport said flights were unaffected, but travelers towing their luggage had to weave their way past flag-waving protesters.
Mounds of up to 10,000 tons of trash have piled up on the streets of Paris during a weekslong strike by sanitation workers over a plan that would push their retirement age from 57 to 59 — lower than the national age because their jobs are physically harder.
Jerome Villier, a 43-year-old doctoral researcher in Paris, said: “People are angry. It’s obvious.”
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