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Protests in France as Macron pushes through pension bill

The bill that raises France's retirement age from 62 to 64 was pushed through using a special constitutional power that skirts parliament.

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Protesters gather at Concorde square near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16. French President Emmanuel Macron has shunned parliament and opted to push through a highly unpopular bill that would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 by triggering a special constitutional power.
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Protesters dance as they gather at Concorde square near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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A protester sits on a street light during a gathering at Concorde square near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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Protesters gather at Concorde square near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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Students shout slogans during a demonstration against the government's plan to raise the retirement age to 64, in Paris Thursday, March 16.
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Students shout slogans during a demonstration against the government's plan to raise the retirement age to 64, in Paris Thursday, March 16.
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French energy workers on strike gather outside the oil giant TotalEnergies refinery in Donges, western France, Thursday, March 16.
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French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the National Roundtable on Diplomacy at the foreign ministry in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne delivers a speech at the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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Far-left lawmakers react as they hold papers reading: "64 years. It is no" at the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen speaks to media at the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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A protester throws a cardboard to feed burning pallets during a demonstration at Concorde square near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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Pallets burn as protesters demonstrate at Concorde square near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.
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Police officers clear the Concorde square after a demonstration near the National Assembly in Paris, Thursday, March 16.

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