On Friday, important parts of the long-debated pension reform in France were officially approved by the Constitutional Council.
The reform envisages raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030.
The Council decided to reject some parts of the law, such as the creation of a "seniority index". The demands of the opposition parties to hold a referendum for the adoption of the law were rejected.
From 2027, it will be necessary to have worked for 43 years to receive the full pension.
According to Anadolu, before the decision, protesters gathered in the Place de l'Hotel de Ville square, not far from the Constitutional Council building, and in other cities in Paris, peacefully demonstrated their opposition.
President Emmanuel Macron had previously expressed his intention to hold a meeting with the unions at the Elysee Palace "whatever the decision," French presidency media reported. The unions declined the invitation.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Twitter that the issue was "coming to the end of its democratic process. There are no winners or losers tonight."
According to broadcaster BFMTV, Macron should sign the bill within 48 hours, while unions are urging Macron not to sign the bill.
The government announced its reform proposal in January, and millions took to the streets to oppose the reforms. However, it was opened to parliamentary debate the following month. Protests still continue.
Workers and unions, among others, vehemently oppose the plan.
Unrest escalated when Borne, after meeting with Macron, decided on March 16 to use special constitutional powers to pass the bill without parliamentary approval.
The decision was taken out of fear that lawmakers could thwart reforms because the government does not have an absolute majority in parliament.
Amid months of protests, French police have been accused of making arbitrary arrests and using excessive force against demonstrators.
(Ihlas News Agency - AA)