- Title: Police use tear gas in Nantes as pension reform protest heats up
- Date: 17th December 2019
- Summary: NANTES, FRANCE (DECEMBER 17, 2019) (REUTERS) BLACK BLOC PROTESTER CLIMBING WALL, CLOUD OF TEAR GAS GROUP OF BLACK BLOC PROTESTERS, ONE THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTER BACK AT POLICE VARIOUS OF BLACK BLOC PROTESTERS THROWING TEAR GAS CANISTERS BACK AT POLICE BLACK BLOC PROTESTERS IN CLOUDS OF TEAR GAS POLICE WALKING IN LINE UNION PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGNS, MARCHING WITH POLICE IN FRONT CROWD OF PROTESTERS MARCHING, HOLDING SIGNS BLACK BLOC PROTESTER WAVING FLARE CROWD OF PEACEFUL PROTESTERS I.T. WORKER AND PROTESTER, GOULVEN BLOREC, HOLDING SIGN BLOREC'S SIGN REFERENCING CHILDREN'S TV SHOW'S GIBBERISH STYLE OF SPEAKING READING (French): "Born after Casimir? Then you'll have it up yours." (SOUNDBITE) (French) 44-YEAR-OLD I.T. WORKER AND PROTESTER, GOULVEN BLOREC, SAYING: "I've already started working, I have a pile of questions in my head, so I want the government to respond, that they stop being so vague. It's for me, for people older than me, and for those who will come after. So, a reform, but a clear one." PROTESTERS IN MEDICAL UNIFORMS (SOUNDBITE) (French) 47-YEAR-OLD "YELLOW VEST" PROTESTER, JACKY BLANDEAU, SAYING: "There are also 'yellow vests' (at today's protest). Even if you see them less and less in the marches, that doesn't mean they're not there. I've met a lot, but it's true that they're hiding themselves a bit because it (being a 'yellow vest') is sometimes complicated with the police. But we're here, and for me, it's the fight against precariousness, the fight against misery." PROTESTERS HOLDING SIGN READING (French): "NANTES RESIDENTS IN BATTLE" CROWD OF PROTESTERS MARCHING, HOLDING SIGNS UNION PROTESTERS HOLDING ANTI-REFORM SIGN VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS MARCHING
- Embargoed: 31st December 2019 15:36
- Keywords: Macron Nantes black block pensions protests reform tear gas
- Location: NANTES, FRANCE
- City: NANTES, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Lawmaking,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAD7TXJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Police on Tuesday (December 17) fired tear gas on black bloc protesters in the western French city of Nantes as hundreds took to the streets for an anti-pension reform march.
Despite the minor scuffle, peaceful trade union marchers lined the city's historic streets to resist President Emmanuel Macron's proposed plan of pension reforms.
Striking workers from major unions, high school students, feminist activists and others marched through Nantes with signs and flares to oppose the reforms, which the government plans to turn into a bill in the parliament by January 2020.
The protest in Nantes is part of a series of actions across France on Tuesday as unions try to bring new momentum to the general strike that began almost two weeks ago and has crippled France's public transport network.
(Production: Udi Kivity, Kathryn Carlson)
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