Emmanuel Macron will be hit with more protests tomorrow in the French capital against his forced pension reforms. The plans are being blamed on the EU’s demands connected to Next Generation funds, sparking Frexit calls.
Les Patriotes leader Florian Philippot has urged supporters to join a mass protest on Saturday in Paris.
In a note seen by Express.co.uk, the French politician said: “By its brutality and the 49-3, the Macronist government has added fuel to the fire but has also awakened so many French people!
“Since then, France has been in turmoil! Demands all more legitimate than the other fuse: dissolution of the National Assembly, referendum, withdrawal of the pension reform, dismissal of Emmanuel Macron!
“And in the background, now that millions of French people perceive European tyranny, the demand for Frexit is gaining ground every day.”
He continued: “Everyone must take their responsibilities so that the best emerges from this chaos: a peaceful France, of freedom, justice, dignity, sovereignty.”
Demonstrators had demanded that King Charles cancel his trip, which was scheduled to start on Sunday. The protests and labour strikes against Macron’s decision to raise France’s retirement age from 62 to 64 already had promised to impact his visit, with workers refusing to roll out the red carpet for the King’s arrival.
French President Emmanuel Macron said “common sense and friendship” required delaying the King’s visit, adding that it likely would have become a protest target and created a “detestable situation.”
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Macron condemned the violent behaviour that has taken place at some of the protests against his plan to raise France’s retirement age from 62 to 64, saying “violence has no place in a democracy”.
Although no major protests were planned for Friday, train traffic was slowed, rows of trucks blocked access to Marseille’s port for several hours and debris still littered the streets of Paris following the previous day’s mass demonstrations.
Over 450 protesters were arrested in Paris and beyond as some 300 demonstrations on Thursday drew more than a million people nationwide. Polls show that most French people oppose having to work two more years before retiring, which Macron says is necessary to keep the pension system afloat.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 441 police officers and gendarmes were injured as violence marred some marches. He added that 1,000 rubbish bins were set on fire in the French capital; overflowing garbage cans have become a symbol of the protests during a weeks-long strike by sanitation workers.
Charles and Queen Consort Camilla planned to visit both France and Germany during the King’s first trip abroad as Britain’s monarch. He still plans to go to Germany, but Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office said another date would be found for the French leg.
Charles had been scheduled to visit the city of Bordeaux on the second day of his trip to France.
The heavy wooden door of the elegant Bordeaux City Hall was destroyed by fire Thursday night by people taking part in an unauthorised demonstration.