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Protests erupt as French government bypasses parliament on pensions

DW, 17 Mar 2023
Police in Paris clashed with protesters on Thursday after President Emmanuel Macron decided to force through his controversial pension reform without calling a vote in France's lower house of parliament.

Thousands of people protested the move on the streets of Paris and other French cities. In Paris, police used tear gas and water cannon to clear protesters who demonstrated at the Place de la Concorde, outside of parliament, lighting a bonfire. Even after they were dispersed, some protesters started fires and damaged shop fronts in side streets.

Macron used a constitutional power enabling the government to bypass lawmakers.


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