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13 Jan 2020 | 06:54 AM UTC

France: Pension reform protests scheduled in Paris January 14-16 /update 11

Several labor unions call for further protests over pension reform opposition January 14-16; heightened security measures and transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Several labor unions have called for protests in Paris from Tuesday, January 14, to Thursday, January 16, to denounce the government's proposed universal pension reform. On Tuesday, participants plan to gather at the Ecole Militaire metro station at 14:00 (local time). On Wednesday, a demonstration is set to take place at 12:00 at the Bercy metro station. Specific details regarding the march routes remain unknow as of Monday, January 13. On Thursday, protesters will meet in the Montparnasse area at 13:30 and then march to Place d'Italie. Additional related protests are possible in Paris and across France. 

A heightened security presence, as well as transportation and business disruptions, are to be expected near all protest sites.

Context

Thousands have protested across France in December 2019 to voice their opposition to the planned pension reform scheme. Subsequent ongoing nationwide strikes have caused significant disruptions to all forms of transportation. Strikes may continue for an indefinite period if the government does not abandon its proposed pension reform plan.

Advice

Individuals in France, particularly Paris, are advised to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, monitor developments to the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.