Protests in France over Macron's controversial sweeping social reforms
A protester bleeds after being injured during a demonstration against the French government in Paris, France, Oct. 9, 2018. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT
A protester holds a flare during the demonstration against the French government in Paris, France, Oct. 9, 2018. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT
Members of the police during a demonstration against French government in Paris, France, Oct. 9, 2018. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT
Leftist protesters face members of the police during the demonstration against French government in Paris, France, Oct. 9 October 2018. EPA-EFE/ETIENNE LAURENT
Paris, Oct 9 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people protested in the streets of the French capital Paris against unpopular social reforms tabled by the president, namely those affecting pensions and labor laws in the train industry.
Two of France's largest unions, the Worker's Force (FO) and the National Confederation of Labour (CNT), called for the mass demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's policies and were joined on the ground by student collectives and the inter-professional group Solidaires.
According to the trade unions, the protests served to "express opposition to a political system that is destroying our social model brick by brick."
At least one person was injured during the protests and showed signs of a head wound with blood pouring down there face, an efe-epa photojournalist at the scene reported.
Macron has been in a stand-off with trade unions since he tabled his sweeping reforms, which were overwhelmingly backed by lawmakers in the National Assembly, the country's lower house of parliament.
The proposed legislation would strip railway employees at the state-run SNCF of their current pension rights and could even raise the retirement age, which currently stood at 52, lower than in other sectors.
SNCF workers staged strikes in May and brought much of the country's train services to a halt.