France Anticipates More Riots Over Pension Reform

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The French government is expecting another round of mass protests objecting to the Macron government’s pension reforms. Approximately 1.1 million people took to the streets on January 19 to protest against changes to the national pension benefits, most notably raising the retirement age from 62 to 64. Macron insists the changes are necessary to ensure the program’s funding, however, opponents say the current pension system is balanced. Many rail service workers are expected to strike, severely affecting Paris-area travel, while international train and air services are expected to only be lightly affected.