Pension reform: Macron must make his mark

France often sees nationwide protests in the fall. This year it was only a matter of time. On Thursday, strikes and rallies were held against President Emmanuel Macron’s planned pension reform and rising prices. Unions called for nationwide strikes, which affected long-distance trains, mass transit, schools and hospitals, among others. “Raise salaries, not the retirement age,” is the slogan of the unionists.

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