France’s second-biggest union proposes cutting off lawmakers and billionaires’ electricity ahead of nationwide strike
French authorities say they will deploy thousands of police officers on Thursday in response to major nationwide protests organized by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), the country’s second-largest trade union, which has also threatened to cut off electricity supplies to MPs. close and billionaire.
Trade union workers in sectors such as transport, education and energy announced strikes and rallies after the government introduced a bill last week to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64. the vast majority of French citizens, many of whom are currently facing a cost of living crisis.
Public transport is expected to be most affected by the strike on Thursday, with many trains and flights canceled and the Paris Metro experiencing significant disruptions, according to unions and carriers quoted by Reuters. In addition, seven in ten primary school teachers are expected to quit their jobs, as are many refinery workers.
“I suggest they also see the beautiful properties, the beautiful castles of billionaires,” CGT leader Philippe Martinez told France 2 on Wednesday, adding that “It would be good if we cut off their electricity so they can put themselves in the shoes of … French people who can’t pay their bills for a few days.”
Another CGT official, Sebastien Menesplier, who heads the union’s energy and mining division, has also threatened to cut off electricity to the offices of MPs who support the pension reform, according to local media.
Government officials have called out the threats to cut off electricity “unacceptable” and deployed a significant police force to deal with the protests.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced that more than 10,000 police officers will be deployed across the country on Thursday.
The pension reform has yet to become law, as it must first be approved by parliament. President Emmanuel Macron, whose government introduced the bill, needs an absolute majority to pass the legislation, but is currently opposed by the liberal-conservative party Les Republicains.
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