Europe 1 with AFP 05:30, March 28, 2023This Tuesday marks the tenth day of mobilization against the pension reform, at the call of the inter-union. Between 650,000 and 900,000 protesters are expected to take to the streets across France, according to intelligence. Violent actions are feared by the Ministry of the Interior, which has unveiled an unprecedented security device. Follow the evolution of the situation live.
The inter-union is preparing to carry out its tenth mobilization against the pension reform this Tuesday. According to information from Europe 1, the intelligence services estimate that between 650,000 and 900,000 people are expected in the processions throughout France, including 70,000 to 100,000 in Paris, five days after an act 9 marked by excesses on the sidelines of the demonstration. Faced with the risk of new violence, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin detailed Monday an unprecedented device, with 13,000 police and gendarmes deployed, including 5,500 in Paris.
The main information:
- Tenth day of mobilization against the pension reform
- Between 650,000 and 900,000 demonstrators expected throughout France
- Disruptions to be expected on the transport side
Violent actions anticipated by intelligence
The ninth day of mobilization - the first post-49.3 - was marked by violence on the sidelines of the processions. This Tuesday, in an intelligence note that Europe 1 has obtained, the Ministry of the Interior is concerned about the rise of youth, young people who have entered the movement. Last Thursday, they were 30,000 all over France, and this Tuesday, their participation could double or even triple, warns the intelligence in a document on the violent elements expected in the demonstrations.
The police also fear the radicalization of some members of trade union organizations tempted to join citizen movements or violent groups. Their stated objective is to exhaust the forces of order. Rioters, ultra-left, violent anti-everything... Serious incidents are anticipated in about fifty cities. Blockades and punch actions could be organized in front of schools or on major roads, and they should start very early, from 5 a.m.
As indicated by the Paris police headquarters, the demonstrators will leave the Place de la République at 14 p.m., take the Boulevard Voltaire to arrive around 19 p.m. Place de la Nation.
#Manif28Mars | Circulation device set up on the occasion of the demonstration declared Tuesday, March 28, 2023 to protest against the reform of the pension system.
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As in previous mobilizations, the transport sector is largely disrupted on Tuesday. The SNCF indicates that there will be 3 TGV out of 5, 1 TER out of 2 and still difficulties in Ile-de-France. In Paris, 40% of trains cancelled on RER lines A and B, while in the metro, traffic will be normal on automated lines 1 and 14 but also on 3bis, 7bis and 9.
Finally, on the air traffic side, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Friday asked airlines to cancel 20% of their flights to Paris-Orly, Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux on Tuesday and Wednesday because of a strike of air traffic controllers against the pension reform. Find all the forecasts here.
30% of strikers in schools on Tuesday, according to union
Some 30% of primary school teachers will be on strike Tuesday for the tenth day of inter-union mobilization against the pension reform, plans Monday the Snuipp-FSU, the first union in nursery and elementary schools.
This estimate of the rate of strikers, lower than the previous one, is explained according to the union by "the days of mobilization that follow one another and become a financial sacrifice for teachers". "There is also a concern among teachers not to penalize children and parents at the last moment," its secretary general, Guislaine David, told AFP.