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Protestors take to streets in France against pension reform; France's PM says "no magic announcement" planned Updated: 2019-12-11 13:30:52 KST


It's been nearly a week since massive strikes and rallies began in France to protest President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plans, but the demonstrators are showing little sign of backing down.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors again took to the streets across France on Tuesday, including in Paris, Lyon and Marseille, though this time, the numbers were smaller than last Thursday's turnout.
In the western city of Nantes, police used tear gas during clashes with demonstrators.
Since last week, France has been experiencing major strikes protesting against the government's plan to simplify the current pension system with variations in retirement age and benefits.

"We want a complete withdrawal of the pension reform plan because this plan is very nefarious for workers and for young people who will one day retire. We had to fight hard to get our current pension system."

The strikes are seen as one of the most damaging in more than two decades.
Many metro lines, trains and schools were shut on Tuesday and flights were canceled.
This time, workers in the oil refining sector also took part in the protest.
Despite the chaos, France's Prime Minister said (quote)"no magic announcement" will happen to bring the strikes and protests to an end.
The French government is expected to announce details on the pension reform plans on Wednesday, local time.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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