French unions announce new strike dates in battle against pension reform

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French unions announce new strike dates in battle against pension reform
A protester holds a placard reading "Macron, you treat us like idiots" during a demonstration in Lyon. Photo by JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK / AFP

After a second day in which more than a million people took to the streets of France to protest over planned pension reform, unions have announced further strike days.


France's eight main trades unions federations made a joint announcement on Tuesday night of fresh strike days - Tuesday, February 7th and Saturday, February 11th. 

Tuesday marks the day that the highly controversial pension reform - which includes raising the pension age from 62 to 64 - is presented to the French parliament for the first time.

Both days are likely to see significant disruption, particularly on public transport.


The mass strike on Tuesday saw trains and city public transport services heavily disrupted, while many schools closed as teachers walked out.

Demos held in towns and cities across France saw a huge turnout - more than 1.1 million people, an increase on the turnout on the first day of pension strikes.

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