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French Protesters Burn City Hall
The French Are Really Mad

The French Are Really Mad

City Hall set ablaze in Bordeaux, cops clash with protesters in Paris over changes to pension system

(Newser) - Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron bypassed Parliament and raised the age of retirement from 62 to 64, an unpopular move that left citizens "seething." Anger over the proposal has been bubbling up into strikes and protests since January, but the mostly peaceful demonstrations have also made way...

Macron Narrowly Survives No-Confidence Vote

Deeply unpopular change to retirement age will now become law

(Newser) - The government of French President Emanuel Macron survived two no-confidence votes Monday, either of which could have brought down the government and its deeply unpopular plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. The first vote, tabled by centrist lawmakers in the National Assembly, narrowly failed with 278...

Macron's Plan to Change Retirement Age Hits a Nerve
A Look at Why
France Is Seething

A Look at Why France Is Seething

Pride in pension system, Macron's broken promise inspire street protests

(Newser) - The pension changes being forced into law in France are doing more than raise the retirement age—they're testing the people's faith in government in more than one way. The pension system, including its current retirement age of 62, is a point of pride there. Every worker receives...

3 Dogs Die in 'Act of Terror' at Race

Poisoned meatballs were placed near start of French canicross race

(Newser) - Canicross, a sport in which people run or cycle while attached to their dogs, has been hit by what one federation calls an "act of terror." Three dogs died Sunday morning after eating poisoned meatballs that had been placed near the starting point of the second round of...

Macron Bypasses Parliament, Raises Retirement Age

It's now up from from 62 to 64, in risky move on unpopular plan in France

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron shunned Parliament and opted to push through a highly unpopular bill that would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 by triggering a special constitutional power on Thursday. The risky move is expected to trigger a quick no-confidence motion in Macron's government. The decision...

Retirement Change Wins Vote Despite Protests, Garbage Piles

French Senate approves raising age from 62 to 64

(Newser) - A widely unpopular bill that would raise the retirement age in France from 62 to 64 has pushed forward with the Senate's adoption of the measure despite labor strikes, street protests, and tons of uncollected garbage piling higher by the day. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne tweeted late Saturday after...

Cheese Ruling a 'Significant Win' for US Dairy Farmers

Cheese made in US can be labeled 'Gruyere,' to chagrin of dairy farmers from France, Switzerland

(Newser) - Feel free to call that Alpine-style cheese from Wisconsin "Gruyere." That's according to a US appeals court, which ruled last week that the label can be used for cheese made not only in the Swiss-French region it's named after, but also for cheese made in the...

Macron Defends Pension Plan to Farmers, Fairgoers

Raising the retirement age will save the system, president insists

(Newser) - President Emmanuel Macron sought to defend his unpopular pension plan Saturday in an effort to show he hears concerns of farmers and other ordinary citizens at France's biggest farm fair. The pension changes meant to raise the minimum retirement age from 62 to 64, and other measures, were among...

French High School Teacher Stabbed to Death During Class

16-year-old student is in custody

(Newser) - France's education minister says every school in the country will hold a minute of silence Thursday in memory of a high school teacher who was fatally stabbed in front of students Wednesday morning. Authorities say the Spanish language teacher, a woman in her 50s, was stabbed in the chest...

France Is Touchy About Wakanda Forever

Defense minister says movie unfairly depicts his nation's soldiers

(Newser) - France's defense minister has denounced the way he says French soldiers deployed in Africa appear to be depicted in the Marvel Studios superhero film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as "false and misleading." Minister Sebastien Lecornu "strongly condemned" the similarity of a fictional group of villainous mercenaries...

Protests Against Pension Changes Grow in France
Nearly 1M French
Protest Pension
Plan Changes

Nearly 1M French Protest Pension Plan Changes

Demonstrations against raising retirement age grow

(Newser) - Police were out in force across France on Saturday as protesters held a sometimes restive fourth round of nationwide demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to change the country's pension system. Over 960,000 people marched in Paris, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Nantes, and other cities, according to the...

France Wants Solar Panels to Cover Parking Lots, Not Fields

New law will require canopies to be built to increase power production

(Newser) - One argument against covering as much area as possible with solar panels is that it doesn't do much for appearances. Legislation in France addresses that issue by calling for canopies of the panels to be installed over parking lots, where it's hard to worsen the aesthetics—it's...

Cops: Pizza-Maker in France Wasn't What He Seemed

Mob suspect Edgardo Greco, tied to Italy's 'ndrangheta, found after 16 years on the run

(Newser) - Police in southeastern France have arrested a convicted murderer linked to Italy's most powerful organized-crime group, the 'ndrangheta, after he eluded authorities for 16 years, Interpol and Italian police said on Thursday. Italy's ANSA news agency reported that the 63-year-old had been working for the past three...

Despite Protests Ahead, France Won't Budge on Retirement Age

Prime minister calls change to 64 'nonnegotiable'

(Newser) - After more than a million people poured into the streets earlier this month to protest President Emmanuel Macron's planned changes to France's pension system, government officials suggested there might be room for compromise. On Sunday, they made clear that doesn't include a reconsideration of raising the retirement...

'Passage of Violence' in Paris Stopped in One Minute

Police managed to quickly respond to blade attack at Gare du Nord station

(Newser) - Access to transportation was disrupted in Paris on Wednesday due to what the AP calls an "unprovoked blade attack" at Paris' Gare du Nord train station. Officials say an individual armed with a homemade weapon that was "not a knife" started to attack people at 6:42am local...

Marchers in Europe Back Iranian Protests After Suicide
Marches Follow Protest Suicide

Marches Follow Protest Suicide

Iranian Kurdish man distraught over turmoil drowned himself in France

(Newser) - Hundreds of people marched Sunday in France to honor an Iranian Kurdish man who took his own life in a desperate act of anguish over the nationwide protests in Iran. French police estimated the crowd that gathered for Mohammad Moradi at about 1,000 people. They marched in the city...

US, Other Allies Sending Combat Vehicles to Ukraine

New American aid package is nearly $3B

(Newser) - As the Russian-spurred war in Ukraine enters a new calendar year, Ukraine continues to push back hard, and its president is reupping an ask of Western allies. In a Wednesday night video address, Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded specifically for tanks and heavy weaponry, as officials in the country's east say...

'Total Panic' as Gunman Opens Fire in Paris

2 dead, 4 injured in Friday shooting at a Kurdish cultural center

(Newser) - Two people are dead and four others are injured, including two people in critical condition, after a shooting in Paris on Friday. A gunman opened fire at the Ahmet-Kaya Kurdish cultural center near the Château d'Eau metro station, Le Parisien reported, per the Guardian . "It's total...

Messi, Argentina Top France in World Cup Final for the Ages

Penalty kicks decide champion after Mbappe scores hat trick in losing cause

(Newser) - In what analysts are calling one of the most exciting finals in World Cup history, highlighted by exceptional performances by the teams' biggest stars, Argentina defeated France on Sunday on penalty kicks to take soccer's championship for the third time. The shootout won 4-2 by Argentina took place after...

Argentina, France Are Counting On These Players

Teams have potential heroes beyond Messi and Mbappé

(Newser) - Lionel Messi will line up for Argentina and Kylian Mbappé will be on the opposite side for France on Sunday in the World Cup final in Qatar. Messi has been there before but lost in the 2014 final to Germany. Mbappé won the 2018 title after scoring a goal against...

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