VIDEO: Over a Million French Workers Join National Strike, Street Protests Against Macron’s Pension Reform

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Demonstrators rally in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, as part of a 24-hour strike called by unions in protest against a pensions overhaul. Photograph: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP/Getty Images

MORE than one million people took to the streets in France on Thursday to demand the withdrawal of the government’s plan to reform pension payments. The widespread strike crippled public transport, closed schools and slowed the energy sector.

In Paris, the hardline CGT union said some 400,000 demonstrators marched through the streets.

Government figures released Thursday night said there were more than one million protesters throughout the country.

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