France braces for ‘severe disruption’ amid strike

first_imgFrench President Emmanuel Macron’s administration will hope to avoid a repeat of the country’s general strike over pension reforms in 1995, which crippled the transport system for three weeks and drew massive popular support. GETTY IMAGES The industrial action is expected tolast beyond Thursday and some trade union leaders have warned they willcontinue their industrial action until Macron abandons his campaign promise tooverhaul the retirement system. The Macron administration will hope toavoid a repeat of the country’s general strike over pension reforms in 1995,which crippled the transport system for three weeks and drew massive popularsupport, forcing a government reversal.(BBC) The country’s largest nationwidestrike in years was agreed by unions unhappy with President Emmanuel Macron’splans for a universal points-based pension system. PARIS – France is enduring severedisruption as millions of workers threaten to strike in protest at being forcedto retire later or face reduced pensions.last_img

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