Trade unions claim 2.3 million participants in May Day demonstrations in France

01.05.2023, Paris.

About 2.3 million people participated in the May Day marches in France, representatives of the CGT (General Confederation of Labor) union said on May 1, BFMTV informs.

According to the CGT unions’ calculations, the number of participants of May Day demonstrations across France totaled 2.3 million people. The French police estimated the number at 782,000 participants.

In Paris, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Toulouse, the demonstrators clashed with the police during the marches. The police made numerous arrests. About 180 protesters were detained during May Day demonstrations in France, BFMTV wrote. The Interior Ministry of the Republic provided the information.

More than a hundred policemen were injured because of clashes with protesters during May Day demonstrations, said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on May 1, writes Le Parisien. The head of the French Interior Ministry said that 108 police officers were injured during clashes with participants of May Day demonstrations, of which “about twenty” were wounded in Paris.

On the eve of May Day, French trade unions called for mobilization to say “no” to the pension reform of the government of Elisabeth Borne. Mass demonstrations organized by trade unions are taking place all over France on May 1. The French are protesting against an increase in the retirement age from 62 to 64.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency