Tear gas, arrests in new anti-Macron demo in Paris

The Louvre received 9.6 million visitors last year

French police fired tear gas at the protesters throwing projectiles and arrested dozens of people when thousands of anti-government protesters "yellow vests, quot; returned to the streets of Paris".

Young people wearing masks shouted "revolution" as tear gas drifted by the Bastille, the square where the French revolution erupted in 1789.

Video showed protesters, angry with Macron over his controversial pension reform agenda, chanting and yelling.

"When there are marches and so on, you hear people saying "Death to the Rotonde, Death to Macron" - it happens all the time: anonymous phone calls, people who enter in the middle of the day saying "Death to Macron", Gerard Tafanel, who owns the bistrot with his brother Serge, told AFP.

Police said they prevented the protesters from getting into the theatre in the 10th district of Paris, which lies several kilometres from the president's Elysee Palace's residence.

He said marchers wore the bright jackets of the "yellow vest" protest movement that has demonstrated against the policies of Macron's government for more than a year.

A black vehicle reported carrying Macron then sped away under a hail of boos.

The authorities said 60 people were detained during the demonstration, which was again marked by sporadic clashes between protesters and police, with 45 held for questioning afterwards.

Saturday marked the 45th day of protests since anti-pension reform strikes began on December 5.

The revision aims to forge a single pension system from the country's 42 separate regulations, which provides early retirement and other benefits to public sector workers, lawyers, physiotherapists, and even employees of the Paris Opera.

According to the critics, the reforms will effectively force millions of people to work longer for a smaller pension.

"We're suffocating with this government who wants to put us on our knees", Moukam said.

"It is out of the question that he (Macron) affects our pensions. We have worked all our lives to be able to leave with a dignified retirement", she added. "That is exactly what is challenging".

However, after six weeks of labour strikes, there are mounting signs of splits within the movement.

Train services that had been severely interrupted by strikes had seen notable improvements in recent days.

Trains are becoming more frequent however, and Paris's metro drivers voted to suspend their action from Monday, their union UNSA announced Saturday.



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