President Macron takes money from the pockets of the poor and ordinary workers and gives it to the rich.

President Macron takes money from the pockets of the poor and ordinary workers and gives it to the rich.

President Macron takes money from the pockets of the poor and ordinary workers and gives it to the rich.

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Tens of thousands of French people flocked to the Place de la Republique in central Paris on Thursday afternoon, the starting point of the demonstration against the pension reform project. The participants raised several banners denouncing this project, some of which read: “From the subway to work and then to the grave”. More than 3,000 members of the security forces were deployed along the connecting road between Republic Square and Nation Square. FRANCE 24 This march, punctuated by violent actions, was accompanied by a report

Some of the “Ellen Bouchet” high school students in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, who belong to the “France the Father” party, did not wait for the moment when the demonstrations against them began. A bill to extend the retirement age which the government intends to adopt. Rather, contrary to their habit, they arrived in front of the high school’s headquarters early Thursday morning, accompanied by Danielle Simoni, a member of parliament from this party, to deny entry to their colleagues who intend to study.

Members of the security forces stationed in front of the secondary school while the students’ parents’ associations, accompanied by the secondary school administration, tried to keep calm and find a way for non-striking students to enter the classrooms.

However, the security situation soon deteriorated somewhat after some students tried to set fire to the dumpsters in front of the high school. The security forces then intervened and shot tear gas at the striking students.

From the subway to work and the grave

Louie, a senior, expressed his anger at the behavior of the police, saying, “Every time we organize a protest in front of the high school, the security forces shoot tear gas at us. There are some students who suffer from breathing problems. We are very disappointed, the question today is not only: will we work for more years or will we even find a job after graduation?” He continued: “All young people in France must unite because the pension reform project is becoming more negative for us meet than our fathers and mothers.”

Françoise, 59, is a pensioner but she came to the demonstration to support what she said would be future generations and to denounce the illegal pension reform project. "Industrial fair" Accordingly, on January 19, 2022.
Françoise, 59, is retired, but she came to the demonstration to support, she said, future generations and to denounce the “unfair” pension reform project, according to her January 19, 2022 report. © Taher Hani France 24

The students raised slogans against Elizabeth Bourne’s government project (extending the retirement age to 64) and wrote “Metro, work and then the grave” on the denouncing banners Extension of the retirement age Or “work and spend your money, then die at work.”

Not far from here, in Ummah Square, the security forces have been on duty since the early hours of Thursday morning. And it closed the main streets in anticipation of the arrival of the protesters in this square, which passed through the “Bastille” square. As tens of thousands of French people flocked to the rally point in “Republic” Square in central Paris, chanted anti-President Macron and his government and criticized the draft law reforming the pension system, which the majority called “unfair” in that it serves “employers”.

“The state takes money from the pockets of the poor and then gives it to the rich and big capitalists.”

Françoise, a retired woman, said she decided to take part in the demonstration because “I am angry after the postal company I worked for forced me to retire and today President Macron is demanding just the opposite of the French to work more.”

She added: “I worked as a postman. But the work became very difficult. We had to quickly distribute letters. I ran and got more and more tired. So the company I worked for asked me. retirement With 70 percent of my salary. That’s why I’m getting a bad pension today.” This elderly woman criticized the pace of work in workshops and factories as negatively affecting workers’ health and family life.

And she continued: “The pension reform project is an unfair project because the state takes money from the pockets of the poor and humble, like ordinary workers and employees, and then presents it on a golden plate to the rich big capitalists and owners of big factories for fear that they leave the country or that these factories are bought by foreign countries.”

Some purists on the Place de la Republique in Paris, January 19, 2023.
Some purists on the Place de la Republique in Paris, January 19, 2023. © Taher Hani France 24

“Pension reform project does not take difficult jobs into account”

And she continued: “The government says that other Europeans work more than the French. But does that mean they are happy? Take Germany for example, there are those who work three jobs to meet their basic needs such as food and renting an apartment. If the government extend working years This means that young people enter the labor market later.

Pauline, an 11-year-old girl, came to Republic Square with her family to demonstrate. She told France 24: “I am here in solidarity with my mother and father who will work until the age of 67. It’s unfair because they won’t live the rest of their lives like my grandfather and grandmother who are enjoying their life today on the pension.”

Pauline’s mother added: “I have been working for many years, but it has become certain that I will not have the same pension entitlements as my father and mother.” She criticized the pension reform project for “ignoring difficult jobs and extending working years, at a time when many French people dream of retiring healthy to enjoy their private life and that of their grandchildren”.

Macron keeps the rich rich and the workers poor and poor

For her part, and despite her realization that, as she says, she will work until the age of 80, this has not prevented young woman Eliza (28 years old) from taking part in the protest because the government’s decision was not “right”. was. “

Maeva and Eliza are two young filmmakers who have given up hope of ever getting a pension.  Eliza believes Macron takes money from the pockets of the poor and gives it to the rich.  January 19, 2023.
Maeva and Eliza are two young filmmakers who have given up hope of ever getting a pension. Eliza believes Macron takes money from the pockets of the poor and gives it to the rich. January 19, 2023. © Taher Hani France 24

She told France 24: “As an employee in the cinema sector, I am aware that I will be working until the age of 80. However, this did not prevent me from coming here to support others, especially those who work in difficult areas that require great physical effort retirement from a young age”.

She has criticized big capitalists like Bernard Arnault, who she says is refusing to make some of his vast funds available to solve the financial deficit problem afflicting the Social Security and Pension Funds. She also criticized the position of President Macron, who is doing everything in his power “to keep the rich rich and the workers to stay simple and poor”.

Everyone will pay for this law, but women outnumber men.

Her friend Maeva, 25, added: “I’m scared of the future. I am here to tell the government to stop your deadly social and destructive environmental policies. Of course, I’m not afraid for my future because I come from a wealthy family, but it’s not normal for the government to pass all the precise laws through Article 49.3 and not listen to the people,” noting that they have many Know girls who refuse to have children because life has become difficult and environmental problems are increasing.

Rashida, 58, who describes herself as “poor,” said: “We are fed up with shame and poverty. I lost my job after an accident. Today I am raising my children alone with very poor financial means. When I pay all the bills, I only have 150 euros left to live with two adult daughters. It is unusual not to live with dignity, even though I have worked for many years.”

Rashida is a protester who was fired from her job after what she describes as an accident"poor" And the decision to extend the retirement age without "to the right".  January 19, 2023.
Rashida, a protester who was fired from her job after an accident, describes herself as “poor” and saying the decision to extend the retirement age is not “right”. January 19, 2023. © Taher Hani France 24

Referring to the pension reform project, Rashida added: “It’s a shame. Everyone will pay the price for this law. Women are more than men because they work in companies and factories while raising their children. Despite this, their salaries are lower than men’s.” She expressed her fear for her daughters’ future and asked them not to give birth in a country where there is no social justice.” And she concluded: “We, the parents , our children today cannot ask for help because they too suffer from the difficulty of life. How will our dignity be restored? Actually, I don’t know.”

Taher Hani


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