(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) Police fired tear gas and fought with violent black-clad
anarchists in Paris on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of mainly
peaceful protesters marched across France against President
Emmanuel Macron's plan to raise the pension age, trend reports citing reuters .
In a ninth day of nationwide protests, train and air travel was
disrupted while teachers were among many professions to walk off
the job, just days after the government pushed through legislation
to raise the retirement age by two years to 64.
Demonstrations in central Paris were generally peaceful, but
smaller groups of "Black Bloc" anarchists smashed shop windows,
demolished street furniture and ransacked a McDonalds restaurant.
Clashes ensued as riot police moved in and drove back the
anarchists with tear gas and stun grenades.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 123 police officers had
been injured and 80 people arrested across the country.
Small groups continued to clash with police in Paris into the
evening, setting bins ablaze and playing cat-and-mouse with
Labour unions fear that protests could turn more violent if the
government does not heed the growing popular anger over pension
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