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02 Feb 2020 | 01:25 AM UTC

France: Pension reform strike and protest in Paris February 6 /update 17

Several unions are calling for an inter-professional strike and protest in Paris on February 6, to oppose pension reform; heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions expected

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Event

Several labor unions have called for an inter-professional strike and a march in Paris on Thursday, February 6, to oppose pension reform. Participants plan to gather at 13:30 (local time) at Gare de l'Est, before heading towards Nation.

Similar demonstrations are possible in major urban areas. A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected near any demonstration.

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 Paris, and in France more generally, 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.