Striking workers disrupted French refinery deliveries, public transport and schools on January 31 in a second day of nationwide protests over President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make people work longer before retirement, Report informs referring to Reuters.

Crowds marched through cities across France to denounce a reform that raises the retirement age by two years to 64 and which is a test of Macron’s ability to push through change now that he has lost his working majority in parliament.

On the rail networks, only one in every three high-speed TGV trains were operating and even fewer local and regional trains. Services on the Paris metro were thrown into disarray.

Buoyed by their success earlier in the month when more than a million people took to the streets, trade unions which have been battling to maintain their power and influence urged the public to turnout en masse.