French crowds march as government stands firm on pension reform

Tens of thousands of protesters hit French streets on Tuesday in a pensions reform standoff that has sparked nearly two…

Tens of thousands of protesters hit French streets on Tuesday in a pensions reform standoff that has sparked nearly two weeks of crippling transport strikes, raising the spectre of mass travel chaos over the Christmas holiday.

Teachers, hospital workers and other public employees joined transport workers for the third day of marches since the dispute began on December 5, demanding the government abandon its plan.

Police said 14,000 rallied in Nantes and nearly 11,000 in Montpellier ahead of a Paris demonstration expected later on Tuesday.

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