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French Labour Unions Call For Protests Against Pension Reform in Paris - Video

© AFP 2022 / FRANCOIS GUILLOTProtestors hold banners during a demonstration called by French national trade union General Confederation of Labour (CGT) against the pension reform on January 4, 2020, on the Place de la Republique in Paris
Protestors hold banners during a demonstration called by French national trade union General Confederation of Labour (CGT) against the pension reform on January 4, 2020, on the Place de la Republique in Paris - Sputnik International
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During his New Year’s address, French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to finalise the hotly-debated issue of pension reform, adding that his ultimate goal was "justice and social progress".

French unions gathered this Thursday in the country's capital, Paris, calling for a strike and a march through the city in response to planned pension reforms. 

A wave of protests against the pension reforms started on 11 December 2019 after French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced a two-year-extension of the working period necessary to earn a full pension.

Amid strikes against the proposed pension legislation, Macron symbolically renounced his would-be benefits as a former head of state. The Élysée Palace confirmed on 21 December that Emmanuel Macron gave up his future pension of €6,220 gross monthly as a former president, thus becoming the first French president to ditch the retirement compensation. 

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