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09 Jan 2020 | 11:59 AM UTC

France: Labor unions plan protest in Paris January 11 /update 10

Pension reform protest scheduled in Paris January 11; heightened security presence and associated disruptions expected

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Event

Several labor unions have called for a protest in Paris on Saturday, January 11, to denounce the government's proposed universal pension reform. Participants plan to gather at Place de la Nation at 13:30 (local time) before heading to Place de la République via Place de la Bastille. Additional related protests are possible in Paris and across France on Saturday.

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.