In France, the government's pension reform, which would increase the retirement age by 2 years, was met with a great reaction in the country. The law in question was signed by President Emmanuel Macron and published in the Official Gazette, after the Constitutional Council approved the reform that raised the retirement age from 62 to 64.
With the enactment of the reform, the retirement age in the country will gradually increase to 64 by 2030. The decision of the council caused serious reactions in the country. Local media reported that Macron will make a statement at the beginning of the week.
The decision of the council caused anger on the streets of the country. On the other hand, yesterday, the unions rejected Macron's offer to meet at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday and stated that they would not meet with the government until May 1.
After the council's decision, there were reactions from the opposition. The French took to the streets throughout the country, especially in the cities of Paris, Lyon, Rennes and Nantes. In Paris, demonstrators set garbage bins on fire and destroyed public property. In Nantes, reformists threw glass bottles at the governor's office. The streets of Rennes were mixed, and the police put out the fire in the police station, which was set on fire by the demonstrators.
Mass demonstrations broke out in France on March 16, following the government's decision to pass the bill, which includes increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64, without voting. Violence is taking place in many parts of the country between the police and the demonstrators, who intervened violently in the demonstrations.
More than 1,000 people have been detained in protests across the country since March 16. The opposition and government had applied to the Constitutional Council to determine whether the reform was constitutional.
The Council yesterday approved the article of the draft law that raises the retirement age to 64, and rejected the 6th article in whole or in part.