France strikes: One million protest against Macron’s rise in retirement age

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More than a million people have joined a day of protests and strikes, according to France’s interior ministry, against plans to push back the age of retirement from 62 to 64.

Some 80,000 protesters took to the streets of Paris, with demonstrations in 200 more French cities.

President Emmanuel Macron called the reforms “just and responsible” – but they are facing a make-or-break moment.

The strikes severely disrupted public transport and many schools were closed.

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