Tenth day of strike and demonstrations against the pension reform in France
While waiting for the pension reform to be endorsed by the Constitutional Council, the unions do not want to give President Macron a truce.
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A hand extended to the unions and a strong hand with the left opposition, which he accuses of inciting street violence, is the position of the French president, Emmanuel Macronfacing the political crisis and facing the tenth day of demonstrations and strikes against his pension reform.
The head of state met his troops this Monday at the Élysée, whom he encouraged to negotiate with unions in search of a way out of the equation in which the French state is entrenched, that of trying to end the protests without withdrawing its controversial reform.
The union leaders do not seem ready for now to reduce the pressure, in view of the good reception that their rallies are having, which equal in mobilization the most numerous registered in this state.
He last thursdayon the first day of protest after the adoption of the text without a parliamentary vote, they took to the streets to 3.5 million people, according to his accounts, slightly more than a million, according to those of the Executive, in both cases at the level of the record that had been achieved on March 7. While waiting for the pension reform to be endorsed by the Constitutional Council, the centrals do not want to give the president any respite.
In parallel to the strikes and demonstrations, which Macron considers legitimate, the French state is awaiting the violence that has begun to settle in them, which have served as cross-attack material between the Government and the opposition.
The president has targeted the leftist La Francia Insumisa de Jean-Luc Mélenchonwhom he has accused of weaving “a political project that tries to delegitimize the reasonable order, the institutions and their instruments.”
The scenes of violence that took place last week in Paris and in some cities of the country have permeated public opinion, which recalled the harshest incidents that throughout 2019 caused the yellow vests, a radicalism that ended up making them lose control. street support.
The extreme left maintains that Macron is once again betting on letting violence take over the demonstrations to discredit the object of his fight.
The tension continues at high levels and, in parallel, the president’s popularity continues to plummet. The latest poll, published by RTL radio, ensures that it has fallen six points and that only 28% of the population now considers its action positive, its lowest level since November 2018, in the early stages of the yellow vests.
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