Listen: France paralysed by largest strike in years
"It's Friday December six. I'm Anthony Davis Franz is largest nationwide strike in years has severely disrupted schools and transport workers are angry about planned pension mentioned reforms that would see them retiring later or facing reduced pants. More than eight hundred thousand workers from a wide range of professions demonstrated against against the changes. Some cities saw clashes between protesters and police. President Emmanuel macron wants to introduce a universal points-based pension system that would replace France's current system which has forty two different pension schemes across it's private and public sectors with variations variations in retirement age and benefits since coming to power. Mr. Macron has pushed through other reforms including relaxing labor laws and cutting taxes taxes for businesses more than eight hundred thousand people had joined demonstrations in more than one hundred cities across France the Interior Ministry said the the CGT union said one point. Five million people had turned out including two hundred and fifty thousand in Paris. The CGT also said workers had blocked seven of the country's eight oil refineries potentially causing fuel shortages if the strike continues in Paris popular a tourist sites including the Eiffel Tower. The museum to say and the Palace of SL was shut for the day police in Paris. That arrested seventy seventy one people that were numerous reports of vandalism across the city teachers and transport workers joined by police lawyers hospital an airport staff and other professionals for the general walkout. Some trades union leaders had vowed to strike until Mr. macron abandons his campaign promise miss to overhaul the retirement system one opinion poll put public support for the strikes at sixty nine percent with backing strongest among eighteen. To thirty thirty four year olds the macron administration will hope to"