Sixty people have been detained in the eastern part of Paris as small groups of protesters throw torches, smash shop windows and set fire to mass strikes over government pension reform.
AP reporters saw how demonstrators destroy a bus stop. Masked activists also set fire to a building trailer and lit bonfires in the vicinity of the Gare de l´Est train station, where the march began.
According to Paris police, by 3 p.m. local time, about 6,500 inspections were completed, and more than 60 people were detained.
The movement of suburban trains is almost paralyzed (85% of the drivers joined the strike) classes at schools and lyceums were canceled, there are interruptions in air traffic. The country’s largest strike in recent decades, Euronews reported.
The demonstrators do not agree with the draft pension reform proposed by the authorities, which should combine 42 existing schemes into one universal one as the new point system does not suit certain categories of civil servants whose pensions, according to them, may be reduced by 30%.
According to the latest opinion polls, 60% of the country's citizens support the strike.