Riot police clashed with demonstrators in Paris on Thursday as part of a new round of nationwide protests and strikes against a contentious pension bill.
In the capital, protestors targeted La Rotonde, a preferred restaurant of President Emmanuel Macron, whose popularity has soured since his government forced through legislation without a parliamentary vote in March.
Hundreds of thousands turned out nationwide today following a breakdown in talks between trade union leaders and French Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne yesterday. Strikes also continue to impact key sectors including education, transport, healthcare and energy.
Workers are mobilising against the flagship reform of Macron’s second term, which lifts the retirement age by two years to 64 and means that from 2027 workers will have to work for longer to receive full state pension benefits.
Thursday’s protests mark the 11th nationwide day of civil unrest since the reform plans were first unveiled in January.