France: Violence continues into night at pension reform protest

Clashes between protesters and police continued into the late evening at a pension reform march in Paris on Saturday. Riot police charged demonstrators using batons and riot shields. Volleys of tear gas were fired into the crowd. Protesters started fires and lit flares, in chaotic scenes from the centre of the capital city. The nationwide strike, which started in early December, is one of the... Еще biggest to hit the country in years and has been affecting rail, road and air transportation. The action comes days after the government and unions resumed talks on pension reforms. The proposed reforms would see an overhaul to the current pension system and entail the creation of a universal pension system instead of the current 42 different schemes. While the retirement age will remain at 62 years, workers will have to work until the age of 64 to receive their full pension.

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