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France Protests Test Government’s Commitment to Rights

By Human Rights Watch
Click to expand Image Riot police scuffle with protesters during a protest in Rennes, France, March 22, 2023.  © 2023 Jeremias Gonzalez/AP Photo Since January 2023, millions of protesters have peacefully taken to the streets across France, opposing a pension reform plan that increases the retirement age by two years, to 64. Last week, as President Emmanuel Macron appeared set to lose a parliamentary vote over the pension plan, his cabinet invoked a constitutional article to circumvent the vote. The decision angered protesters and led to violent confrontations between some demonstrators and…

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