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a mobilization announced as “historic” against the pension reform

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Some 300 rally points are planned to protest against the pension reform on Labor Day, Monday. A “historic” mobilization, according to the secretary general of FO, Frédéric Souillot. To ensure security, 12,000 police and gendarmes were mobilized.

Labor Day, a day of demonstrations, takes on a particular flavor in the midst of a challenge to the pension reform. With 300 processions expected by the unions throughout France for a “historic” and “festive” May 1st, the inter-union intends to show Monday that it is not giving up the fight.

“I think that tomorrow we will have hundreds of thousands of demonstrators, maybe a million or a million five”, revealed Sunday April 30 the number one of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, guest of the grand jury RTL-LCI-Le Figaro . The authorities, for their part, count on 500 to 650,000 people throughout the territory, including 80 to 100,000 in Paris.

“It will be family, festive,” promised the number one of the CGT Sophie Binet.

“This workers’ day takes place in trade union unity and that alone is historic”, prospered in the Journal du Dimanche the general secretary of Force Ouvrière (FO), Frédéric Souillot.

The last united parade with the eight main unions dates back to 2009, in the face of the financial crisis (the CGT had counted nearly 1.2 million demonstrators, the police 456,000). In 2002 (900,000 to 1.3 million people), the unions had also united to “block” Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Enhanced security

In the capital, the procession will set off at 2 p.m. from the Place de la République towards the Nation, with the announced presence of trade unionists from all over the world. The authorities are also expecting 1,500 to 3,000 “yellow vests” and 1,000 to 2,000 “at risk” individuals, according to police sources. Some 12,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized, including 5,000 in Paris.

Asked about France 3 on the program Dimanche en politique about the possible presence of “black blocks”, Sophie Binet revealed that it was “a problem”. “I would prefer that they not come, if they want to do their actions, that they do so without grafting themselves onto our demonstrations which are peaceful, I find that shocking,” she said.

At the same time, she said she was “worried” about “the announcement of drones for securing processions”, judging that we are “on a dangerous slope”.

Trade unions should soon be invited

This May 1, which is the 13th day of inter-union mobilization against the pension reform, nevertheless comes after the validation of the essentials of the text by the Constitutional Council and its promulgation in stride.

The unions turn their eyes to two new dates: May 3, when the “Sages” decide on a second request for a referendum of shared initiative (RIP) and June 8, when a bill from the group of deputies Liot repealing the reform will be on the menu of the Assembly.

If in the street as in the polls the anger remains strong, with “casserolades” which accompany the movements of the executive, within the government some want to believe “that we have spent the most in terms of protest” and that this May 1st “can be the last stand of the interprofessional”.

Emmanuel Macron gave himself on April 17 “100 days of appeasement” and “action” to relaunch his five-year term. Its Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, will send invitations to the unions “next week”, according to Matignon. Already, Laurent Berger announced Sunday that the CFDT “would discuss” with the Prime Minister if she was invited, while Sophie Binet recalled that the inter-union had planned to take the decision “together” Tuesday morning.

With AFP

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