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On May 1, another union protest against Macron with transport stoppages

The unions French have wanted to take advantage of the date of May 1 to organize their thirteenth day of mobilization against the pension reform of the president, Emmanuel Macronwith demonstrations and transport strikes that will mean the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The centrals have called 300 demonstrations throughout the country that are expected to be very crowded. The secret services calculate that between 500,000 and 650,000 demonstrators will take to the streets, of which between 80,000 and 100,000 in Paristhat is, four times more than last year.

The leader of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT, the country’s first central), Laurent Berger, said this Sunday to expect “hundreds of thousands of protesters, perhaps a million.”

The same secret services They fear that some of the parades will infiltrate radical groups with the intention of causing riots. That is why the Ministry of the Interior has decided to mobilize 12,000 agentsof which 5,000 in Paris.

The main message from the centrals is that, beyond demanding that Macron not apply the law that raises the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64, is to prove that your opposition It does not deflate and you intend to continue the movement.

A follow-up that will be decided once again by all unions jtogether on Tuesday, on the basis of the mobilization on Monday.

For her part, Prime Minister Elisabeth Bornehas already advanced that it intends to convene the unions to discuss labor issues, including aspects of the application of the reform of pensions -which should enter into force in practical terms in September-, but without questioning it.

A way for her to try to turn the page to get out of the blocking social, but also political, which prevents his cabinet from carrying out projects that he had in hand, such as a new law on immigration.

A attempt complicated considering that 60% of the people questioned for a survey published by Le Figaro consider that the protests against the pension reform must continue after May 1.

The situation could be further complicated if on Wednesday the Constitutional Council when he pronounces himself on the possibility of organizing a referendum on pensions, he would give his approval to that request made by the left-wing opposition, which would open a front for several months to obtain the signatures of 10% of the electorate in order to reach to the polls

For her part, the National Association (RN) of the far-right Marine Le Pen celebrates the day of May 1 with a demonstration in the industrial port of Le Havre, which wants to be a symbol of its anchorage in the workers’ milieu.

Le Penwhich the polls in recent weeks show as the big winner in electoral terms of the pension crisis (one of the polls attributed the status of winner in a possible presidential election with 55% of the votes in the second round), he hopes to continue taking advantage of this situation to criticize the Government.

The mobilization union goes hand in hand with a series of transport stoppages, which will be felt in particular with the air traffic controllers’ strike that forces the companies that operate in the nine largest French airports, including the two in Paris, to cancel between one a quarter and a third of the flights.

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) It has asked them to suppress 33% of the operations at the Parisian airport of Orly, as well as those of Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes and Toulouse.

In addition, they have to cancel 25% of the flights in charles de gaullealso in Paris, which is the busiest airport in France, as well as in Nice and Beauvais (outskirts of Paris).


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