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France: Protesters smash Macron pinata in Nantes00:39

France: Protesters smash Macron pinata in Nantes

France, Nantes
December 5, 2019 at 16:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Protesters were seen hitting what appeared to be a giant pinata of French President Emmanuel Macron wearing a crown, in the French city of Nantes on Thursday.

The incident took place as the demonstrations against pension reform plans escalated in Nantes, with protesters hurling projectiles at officers, who responded by firing tear gas and making a number of arrests.

The nationwide strike is one of the biggest to hit the country in years and is set to affect rail, road and air transportation.

Macron's government is reportedly aiming to introduce a universal pension system across the economy but trade unions say that this will result in millions of private sector workers having to work beyond the legal retirement age in order to get a full pension.

France: Protesters smash Macron pinata in Nantes00:39
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Protesters were seen hitting what appeared to be a giant pinata of French President Emmanuel Macron wearing a crown, in the French city of Nantes on Thursday.

The incident took place as the demonstrations against pension reform plans escalated in Nantes, with protesters hurling projectiles at officers, who responded by firing tear gas and making a number of arrests.

The nationwide strike is one of the biggest to hit the country in years and is set to affect rail, road and air transportation.

Macron's government is reportedly aiming to introduce a universal pension system across the economy but trade unions say that this will result in millions of private sector workers having to work beyond the legal retirement age in order to get a full pension.

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