A man waves a French flag during a demonstration in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Small groups of protesters are smashing store windows, setting fires and hurling flares in eastern Paris amid mass strikes over the government's retirement reform. - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Mass Rallies in Paris Mark 6th Day as People Protest Against French Pension Reform

The protests were launched on Thursday, when Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced changes in social security that aim to merge 42 existing pension schemes into one universal points-based system beginning in 2025.

People are holding a rally in Paris on Tuesday, marking the sixth day of protests against the pension reforms proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The government is planning to introduce a universal pension system that, according to French trade unions, will lead to negative changes for private-sector workers, who will have to work beyond the legal retirement age in order to receive a full pension.

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The General Confederation of Labour (CGT) counted about 885,000 demonstrators in France by 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT), compared with 1.5 million on 5 December, trade union head Philippe Martinez told AFP. According to the report, 27,000 people participated in the Paris rally.

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Demonstrators have blocked seven out of eight French oil refineries, according to BFM TV, citing the head of the country's biggest trade union.

"This concerns the Esso and Total refineries", the head of the union stated. "The deliveries of petroleum products through pipelines and by vessels, trains and trucks have been disrupted".

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"You have to keep in mind one thing. It's not normal that [police violence] takes place unpunished", Melenchon said.

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