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Macron Challenged by New Strikes as He Digs In on Pensions

  • Union-led marches became violent in places on Thursday
  • Macron sticks to plan to raise retirement age two years to 64
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WAYCH: More than 140 fires were lit by protesters in Paris streets, according to the government. Caroline Connan reports.Source: Bloomberg
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French unions held more strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s reform of the country’s pension system on Thursday, a day after he went on television to insist he won’t back down and likened protesters to the rebels who stormed the US Capitol.

Ground transportation, flights and refineries were impacted as anger over raising the minimum retirement age to 64 from 62 shows no sign of receding more than two months after the start of a series of walkouts and marches. Unions called for another day of nationwide on March 28.