VIDEO. Pension reform: “The government is having fun setting the country on fire”
“By putting 49.3 on us, the government is playing with fire. He enjoys setting fire to the country! He will say that it is the responsibility of those who are in the street, but no, it is his ”, annoys Bruno, an activist at the PCF and the Snap-CGT. Saturday afternoon, nearly 4,000 people gathered in Paris in front of the Italy shopping center 2, place d’Italie (XIIIe) at the call of several unionstwo days after the government launched 49.3 on the pension reform.
Like Bruno, many Parisians and Ile-de-France residents came to make their anger or concern heard. This is the case of Benoît, a young mathematics teacher, who says “no longer feels like he has a place in a country that (he) no longer recognizes”. “We are not listened to, the people are not listened to”, laments the teacher.
For Louisa, a Frenchwoman who has lived in Belgium for several years, it was important to participate in this gathering. “I am disgusted that the government is passing a reform that the people do not want. With enormous contempt for people… With all the strikes there are in the country, it is extremely frustrating that there is no listening”, explains the young woman. Patricia, a professor of management at the university, believes that “they don’t care about us. We must occupy as much public space as possible! “, she assures.
The police carried out 71 arrests in Paris, on the sidelines of this demonstration marked by excesses, said a police source.