Wednesday, September 8, 2010
It Could Happen Here
Between 1.1 million and 2.7 million people took to the streets yesterday, according to figures compiled by the police and the CGT union respectively.
Workers are protesting against plans to raise the state pension age in France from 60 to 62 by 2018.
The CGT claimed 270,000 demonstrators took part in a march in Paris, 200,000 in Marseille, 110,000 in Toulouse and 100,000 in Bordeaux.
Other protests in Rennes, Nancy, Lyon and Montpellier attracted tens of thousands of people.
CFDT union representative François Chérèque said the protest was the biggest seen in France since 2003.
He said the government needed to respond quickly, or more strikes would be planned.
The union has suggested a one-day walkout next Wednesday, September 15.