France: Nationwide strikes, protests as Macron defiant
25 March 2023 | 7:08 am
Protests erupted in several cities a day after President Emmanuel Macron doubled down on raising the pension age. Worker strikes shut down transport, while protesters blocked highways and other infrastructure.
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