“People who try to congregate there will be expelled,” the police said. This was after riots broke out over Macron’s pension reform.
French police banned gatherings on Paris’ Place de la Concorde in front of Parliament on Saturday after two nights of protests against a controversial pension reform that led to accidents.
“Given the grave risk of disruption of public order and security (…) all gatherings on public roads in and around the Place de la Concorde, as well as in the Champs-Elysées area, are prohibited,” police told AFP.
The same source added that “people who try to meet there will be systematically expelled by the police” and may be fined.
On Thursday, President Emmanuel Macron decided to adopt a controversial reform of the retirement system, without presenting it to the vote of deputies, for fear of his defeat in Parliament, under a legal mechanism: the controversial Article 49.3 of the Constitution.
Its goal is to push back the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030 and advance to 2027 the requirement to contribute 43 years (not 42 as now) to collect a full pension.
Thousands of people gathered on Friday night in protest at the Place de la Concorde where incidents took place resulting in 61 arrests.
Some groups threw bottles and fireworks at the security forces, who responded with tear gas to clear the place where the fire was burning.
The day before, 10,000 demonstrators had gathered in the central square and 258 demonstrators had been arrested.