More than 800,000 people took to the streets across France with protests turning violent as demonstrators voiced their anger at proposed pension reforms that will raise the country's retirement age.
RELATED: Paris protests continue against Macron, new retirement age
Protests erupted across France again after French President Emmanuel Macron pushed forward an unpopular bill to raise the country's retirement age without the approval of lawmakers. The drama comes as trash was piling up on the streets of Paris because garbage workers were continuing to strike over the issue, and fires were burning outside streetside cafes.
Uncertainty over the bill’s future prompted Macron and Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne to invoke Article 49.3 of the Constitution, bypassing the vote by the lower chamber. The move infuriated opposition lawmakers, provoking some to call for the resignation of the leaders. The opposition is also now considering appealing to the country's constitutional council – France’s highest constitutional body – to try to block part or all of the law.
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