Paris: Garbage collectors and sewer workers protest
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Outrage at Emmanuel Macron’s civil service reforms has seen riots erupt in the French capital of Paris. Furious Parisian garbage collectors and sewer workers stormed a municipal building in the capital over the French President’s proposed austerity measures. The protesters trashed the building, with footage showing people overturning rubbish containers inside the courtyard.
Trade unions claim the new labour reforms would reduce annual leave and increase working hours.
The austerity measures were approved by Emmanuel Macron’s cabinet back in 2019, prior to the Covid pandemic, with the aim to slash over 120,000 civil service jobs across three years.
French political analyst Anne-Elisabeth Moutet told RT: “It’s not just resistance to change. There’s a guerrilla war between the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo and President Emmanuel Macron.
“Macron wants to streamline the finances of the country. He ordered this before the Covid crisis, which has made it much more difficult because we have spent so much.”
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She added: “He is very unpopular with the people with whom he is unpopular but he still has a fairly important rump of people that will support him. He is very polarising and divisive.
“I think he is worried. The polls are much more narrow and he is within the margin of error in some polls against Marine Le Pen, such as 52 against 48 percent. So yes, he is worried.”
The protest, which took place on Wednesday morning, saw hundreds of furious workers storm a Paris town hall in the French capital’s 13th arrondissement.
The demonstration, which saw entire rooms were ransacked, was organised by the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) trade union.
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Jerome Coumet, the mayor of the 13th arrondissement, condemned the riot, saying: “Violence, theft and damage should not be considered legitimate actions.”
This comes amid growing anger towards Emmanuel Macron, who was slapped in the face whilst on an official visit to the southeast of France earlier this week.
Footage of the attack on the French President went viral and prompted condemnations from the political spectrum.
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Regional elections will be held in the country this month and a presidential election is scheduled to take place in 2022.
According to the Politico Poll of Polls, President Macron’s approval rating as of June 2 was at 38 percent.
A total of 58 percent disapprove of Mr Macron, while six percent said they had no opinion.
President Macron’s approval rating has not been above his disapproval rating since December 2017 according to the poll, when the rating rose to 48 percent.
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