Protesters took to the streets of several cities to denounce the reforms which they see as an unwarranted attack on the society in a time of dire economic straits due to the pandemic.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warns that tougher lockdown restrictions are likely as the country's infection rates reach highest recorded levels.
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 strikes are set to continue two days out of every five until June 28 against President Macron's plan to abolish a benefits system that allows train drivers and others jobs for life.
The French Government has reversed its decision to ban a protest against labour reforms in Paris, where police are already stretched thin due to terrorist threats and violence related to the Euro 2016 tournament.
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