Protests in France, Bordeaux town hall gate set on fire

City Hall in Bordeaux, France, stormed during protests over pension reform. The gate of the mairie was set on fire despite the security cordon of the Gendarmerie men, some of whom were injured. This is one of the most serious episodes of these days of demonstrations and the attack on Bordeaux risks heavily influencing even the visit of King Charles III to France which will begin on March 26, whose program has already undergone changes for the stage in Paris . And it is the first state visit of the sovereign who will be accompanied by the queen consort Camilla. (GENERAL STRIKE)

The indignation

“Incredible – commented environmentalist deputy Sandrine Rousseau on Bfm TV – we will have Emmanuel Macron, the republican monarch, who will receive Charles III, descend the Champs-Elysées and go to dinner in Versailles, while the people in the square are demonstrating”. The Elysium seems destined to replace the sumptuous and controversial residence of the kings of France for the gala dinner. The details of the other appointments on the agenda remain to be decided. “There are several dozen policemen and gendarmes injured this Thursday in France,” said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin. At least 80 people were arrested and more than 120 injured officers. “The pension reform will continue its democratic process”, said President Emmanuel Macron, emphasizing respect for the unions but condemnation of all violence. Despite the strikes and street demonstrations, including the two motions of no confidence against the government, last March 20, the French reform to bring the pension age from 62 to 64 has officially become law. The country therefore does not seem to want to stop the protest: according to the unions there are 240 rallying points organized throughout France to continue the action against the government.