At least 71 people have been arrested in Paris in a new day of protests against the pension reform imposed by the Government of President Emmanuel Macron and presented on Thursday resorting to Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which implies the approval of any norm without a vote as long as a motion of dismissal is not imposed. censorship.
The mobilizations have taken place this Saturday throughout France, with special incidence in Paris, where at 8:00 p.m. Motorized Brigade for the Repression of Violent Action (BRAV-M) of the Police and used tear gas against “rioters who are trying to create barricades and set fire to garbage cans,” according to a police source.
“In the presence of a multitude of thugs, the organizers have asked to dissolve the demonstration”the same source has pointed out, quoted by the newspaper ‘Le Figaro’.
The day in Paris is marked by a controversial ban on demonstrations on the Place de la Concorde and the Champs Elysees due to the risk to public order and security, according to the authorities, quoted by BFMTV television.
The source consulted has warned that people who try to gather in these areas will be evicted and probably fined if they violate the ban.
Instead the demonstrators have broken into the halles shopping center from the French capital. Videos posted on social media show protesters entering the mall’s premises despite opposition from security guards.
Within the framework of these protests, the union General Confederation of Workers (CGT) has reported the closure of the Total Energies refinery in Normandy. “The refineries go on strike one after the other. The movement promises to be greater than that of October 2022. In addition to the oil depots they are on strike! FILL THE TANK!”, the union has published on Twitter.
There have also been mobilizations with thousands of attendees in cities such as Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes or Gap. In Marseille, 1,500 attendees have been counted in the General De Gaulle square, according to the Police. In Nantes there have been almost 9,000 attendees, according to ‘Ouest France’.
From the opposition they continue to criticize the Government, of which they even say that “is not respecting the constitution” and of “governing against the people”, in the words of the deputy of La France Insoumisa Antoine Léaument.
A new appointment is scheduled for Monday to debate the text of the reform with the leading role once again in Los Republicanos, whose support could lead to the approval of a motion of censure against the Macron government.
In line with the vote of the motion of no confidence, the Minister of Economy, Bruno Le Maire, has charged against the opposition in an interview with ‘Le Parisien’ in which he has summoned the Republicans to “get your spirits back” and “abandon all political stance”. For Le Maire it is “a farce” that conservative deputies can vote alongside the extreme left.
As of today, at least 4 of the 61 deputies from The Republicans in the National Assembly they will vote in favor of the motion of no confidence of the LIOT group –-Liberty, Independents, Overseas and Territories–.