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French Unions Plan First Strikes Over Pension Reform on Jan. 19

  • CFDT’s Berger says nothing justifies Macron’s ‘brutal’ plan
  • Jan. 19 strikes will be first step of union response: Berger
Protestors hold banners and trade union flags during a protest in Paris in January 2022. 

Protestors hold banners and trade union flags during a protest in Paris in January 2022. 

Photographer: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

France’s main labor unions responded to President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age by calling a first day of strikes and protests on Jan. 19. 

The unions met Tuesday evening in Paris after Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced the government plan to gradually raise France’s minimum retirement age to 64 by 2030 from 62 currently.