200,000 rally against French President Macron to save public sector

UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2018 03:04 PM IST
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Around 200,000 people protested nationwide against French President Emmanuel Macron and his reforms to shake-up the public sector. According to police records, 49,000 people demonstrated in Paris alone. The CGT union, the biggest in the public sector, estimated the total turnout at over half a million. Less than half of the country's high-speed TGV trains were running and flights, schools, daycare centres, libraries and other public services such as garbage collection were also affected. Police fired teargas and water cannon in central Paris during sporadic clashes between security forces and groups of youths. At least one office window was smashed, police said, and a car was set on fire.


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