At the top of the State, the fact was understood and the date checked in the calendar: this Thursday, March 23 would be a barometer. So, what climate, after the 49.3 drawn by the executive on pension reform and the interview with an Emmanuel Macron right in his boots? 3.5 million demonstrators in France according to the CGT; 1.08 million, according to the Interior Ministry. As much as March 7, with a record turnout recorded in Paris, and well beyond what the government anticipated for this ninth day of mobilization. Rather than appeasement, hardening.