‘This is just the beginning’: January 19, strong mobilization against pension reform

As expected, this was the first big day of mobilization against Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reform success Throughout France, processions were provided. According to some police sources, the figure of one million demonstrators will be reached. With 400,000 people in Paris alone, the unions double that figure. The city, which has the same union, was able to show its unity against the project for the first time in a long time.

Photo: Michel Soudais.

The writing Politics Emmanuel was on the march in the capital, even holding a stand near the Republic Square to contact those who oppose Macron and his government’s project.

Photo: Agnes Rousseaux.

Our journalists were able to gather the opinions of those who came to pound the pavement, for example, the independent sculptor, 25-year-old Yuman: “I don’t believe that I will get a pension one day because the liberalization process is not finished. Physically, my work is difficult, but socially appreciated. Even if efforts are made by companies, I breathe some dangerous agents. It seems impossible to me to do this work until the age of 64. »

Wash. (Photo: Pierre Jequiez-Zalc.)

Roland, 46 years old, Solidarity anti-fraud representative: “We were more successful in mobilization than in 2019, that’s clear. Because this reform will affect everyone and it is easy to understand. We pulled up at the Bastille, people took our leaflets very easily. We felt a kind of anger. Personally, I was hoping to retire sooner because my husband is older. Retirement is experienced as a couple, a time when we want to build things together. But I won’t be able to with this reform. I, like everyone else, will take 2 years. For the continuation of the movement, I think that a good expression is needed between a large mobilization like today and renewed strikes in specific sectors. I talked to the friends of SudRail, they are preparing! »

The youth hated…and mobilized

Roland. (Photo: Pierre Jequier-Zalc.)

In turn, youth organizations also wanted to unite as an inter-union union and demonstrate their views unit. And theirs determination. The activities of many secondary schools have been suspended since this morning. In the city of Rennes, several dozen young people gathered in front of the high schools of Brequigny and Jean Macé.

In the capital, the police repelled the demonstrators in front of the Hélène Boucher high school with gas. Burgot and Lamartine high schools were also mobilized.

“As of 11 o’clock, about sixty high schools and at least 150 institutions where the action was organized have been blocked.” The President of La Voix Lycienne welcomed Colin Champion. “Until the government withdraws the project, the mobilization will continue. This reform has gone too far.” He mentions that there is National Education and Higher Education “even more fragile”.

Statementwhere PS, Generation-s, Insoumis, logos of high school and student organizations bordering the youth movements of Environmentalists, PCF also reminded the struggle for RSA for under 25s. “ambitious pension reform and reassessment of social minimums”. In return, “The government continued to force its way by denying young people their rights to the future.”

“Eternal Insecurity”

For Imane Ouelhadj, UNEF President since last March “Pension reform condemns young people to permanent insecurity”. Although the first stable job starts at the age of 27, the organization fears that today’s young people will only retire at the age of 67, rather than the government’s desired retirement age of 64. “Even if we are 67 years old, we are not even sure that we will live our retirement with dignity” Adds a student in the second year of a political science degree at the University of Paris-Nanterre. UNEF calls for retirement at the age of 60 and taking into account years of education.

from claims who will listen to the executive power? I’m not sure, given how youth organizations have been considered since the debate began. Etienne Matignon, president of Fage, regrets a “consultation” in the form of an empty shell. “It was an hour long meeting. They ignored us. But we young people and students must be accepted in every major reform. The government is not playing the inclusive game. We know that we will unite on our side. until removed, adds the man who turned the student’s insecurities into a hobby horse.

ZOOM: “More attention should be paid to young people”


Etienne Matignon, President of La Fage:

“We young people have something to say about pension reforms. Even the government was not consulted with us. What we want is the withdrawal of this bill, which is unfair to us, our parents, our grandparents and all the people who are in a dangerous situation and have to kill themselves for much longer. It was necessary to include our issues in such important bills. Young people should be given more consideration. After the inter-union press release, we were received once in Matignon. 1 hour meeting. The big consultation 3 years ago did not take place this year. We will operate within the inter-union framework. We know that young people and students will unite. »

Imane Ouelhadj, President of UNEF:

“Pension reform condemns young people to lifelong insecurity. This condemns us to a life of food distribution, which already represents our daily life today. This is unacceptable. While scholarships may seem far-fetched to us when you’re a student, it’s also a topic for young people. Scholarships are the culmination of a lifetime: nevertheless, dreaming of a bright future in France is complicated. With inflation, unemployment among young people… Pension reform means forcing young people to work beyond the age of 64, because the first stable job starts at the age of 27. Even if we are 67 years old, we are not sure that we will live our retirement with dignity. We encourage retirement at age 60 and taking into account years of education. »

Colin Champion, Voix High School President:

“It’s great to see this unit. Young people, we all agree. No pension at age 64. National Education and Higher Education in a context that is selected in 18 and uncertain in 20, is getting weaker and weaker under this government. We have 35, 40 in each class. Pension reform is the final straw. At 11 o’clock in the morning, we closed about sixty secondary schools and mobilized 150. In all major cities, rich young people march in processions. Retirement is the ultimate social regression. If the government does not listen to us, this mobilization will have to continue. We’ll know how to get along by the time we pull back. This is just the beginning! »


In addition, journalists Politics LFI posted snapshots of the mobilization on social media throughout the day, including an interview with Mathilde Panot. Here is a small panel.

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