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Nationwide protests against pension reform in France

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Trains stand in the abandoned Gare du Nord station. The major unions have called for a strike over plans to raise the retirement age. Photo: Lewis Joly/AP/dpa

On Thursday morning, demonstrations gathered in Nice, Marseille and Toulouse, as shown on videos. Pictures showed empty platforms in Paris, and the media reported on protests at high schools. According to reports, between 70 and 100 percent of the workforce at TotalEnergies refineries participated in the strike. Electricity production should also be shut down.

Flights were canceled at Paris airports. The General Directorate of Civil Aviation had asked the airlines to cancel one in five flights at Paris Orly Airport on the day of the strike. Train traffic was also severely restricted.

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