Over 1.1 million people took to the streets on Thursday to oppose President Emmanuel Macron's move to extend the retirement age to 64 from 62, an unexpectedly high turnout.
French unions protest against pensions reform affected road and rail traffic while supporters of the strikes pledge over $3.3 million in support for workers going without pay over the past month.
Hardline CGT union leader Philippe Martinez calls for strikes "everywhere" from next week, as President Macron vows not to back down on his pension plan following weeks of nationwide strikes by trade unions.
In his New Year's speech, French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to push through an overhaul of the pension system, after weeks of nationwide strikes by trade unions.
The first day of a strike, seen as a major test for President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious vision of reforming France, saw giant rallies across the country that paralysed transport and closed schools.
A Turkish photojournalist was hit by a tear gas canister in Paris amid violent crackdown on protests.
Thousands of demonstrators peacefully protested against the government's plan to raise the retirement age, bringing fears to older Russians that they won't live long enough to collect significant benefits.
Russians attended protests throughout the country against the government's plan to raise the age of retirement. President Putin last week announced that the pension age for women will be raised to 60, while the age for men will go up from 60 to 65.
More than 10 people have died over two days during violent protests against a proposed pension system will cut pensions by five percent.
The opposition argues the overhaul would negatively impact about 17 million retirees, as formula used to calculate benefits would be altered.
Union leaders opposing a proposed legislation over pension cuts say retirement payments and aid for poor families will also be impacted. Protests against the measure resulted in police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators.
In nationwide protests, union members, students, teachers and leftist groups demonstrated against pension and labour law reforms proposed by President Michel Temer's government.
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