Nearly one million French citizens took to the streets Monday to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s recent pension reform plan.
Violent protests broke out in several key cities, including Paris, Toulouse, Nantes, and Lyon. The protests resulted in 290 arrests, with 108 officers injured. One officer experienced serious burns from a Molotov cocktail, and another was knocked unconscious, according to Agence France-Presse.
The protests were part of annual May Day demonstrations planned in response to legislation signed into law by Macron last month, which raised the retirement age in France from 62 to 64. The legislation was passed by the country’s legislature without holding a vote due to a provision in the French Constitution.
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