Protests over the government plan to raise the minimum retirement age to 64 from 62 show no sign of receding Protesters gathering at Place de la Bastille during a rally in Paris, Thursday, March 23, 2023. © AP Photo / Thomas Padilla

French unions staged more strikes on Thursday to protest against an increase in the retirement age that was pushed through parliament without a vote.

According to media reports, transport networks, oil refineries and schools were all hit by widesp

While protests have been ongoing for two months since the government unveiled the pension proposal in January, Thursday marked the first day of coordinated action. It followed Macron breaking weeks of silence on the new policy to say he would not back down and the law would come into force by the end of the year.

Macron and his government have defended the retirement reform as necessary to keep the pension system funded, claiming it would otherwise eventually go bankrupt.

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