(9 Jan 2020) Rail workers, teachers, doctors, lawyers and others joined a nationwide day of protests and strikes Thursday to denounce French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the pension system.
As the government and unions pushed on with crucial negotiations about the changes, street protests were staged in Paris and other French cities, with railway strikes entering their sixth week.
The Eiffel Tower was shut as employees joined the protest movement and the metro traffic in the capital was severely disrupted.
Talks between the government and workers unions resumed Tuesday but no compromise has so far been reached.
A new round of negotiations focusing on the financing of the new pension system is scheduled for Friday, and Macron has asked his government to find a quick compromise with reform-minded unions.
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