Taking to the streets: France's biggest demos

19th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Around 3.5 million people demonstrated in France on Tuesday, according to the CGT union, in the latest mass protest against pensions reform.

The turnout figures diverge sharply from those of the authorities who count 1.1 million.

Here in order of magnitude are the main previous demonstrations in France over the past 15 years, according to figures given by the organisers.

Three million

- October 12, 2010: 3.5 million according to the CGT union, 1.2 million according to the interior ministry, protest against the government's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.

- October 19, 2010: 3.5 million according to the CGT, 1.l million according to the interior ministry, in a new protest against pension reform.

- October 16, 2010: Almost three million take to the streets in a protest against the pension reform, according to the CGT, while 825,000 demonstrate according to the interior ministry.

- March 19, 2009: Unions say three million, and police 1.2 million people, demonstrated in support of jobs and wages.

- March 28, 2006: Three million demonstrate, according to the unions, against a youth employment contract, called the CPE. The interior ministry puts the figure at one million people.

- September 23, 2010: Three million demonstrate, according to the CGT, while the interior ministry puts the figure at less than a million, against pension reform.

- October 2, 2010: Nearly three million demonstrators, 899,000 according to the interior ministry, in a protest against pensions reform.

2.5 million

- September 7, 2010: 2.7 million according to the unions, and 1.12 million according to the interior ministry demonstrate against the planned pension reform.

- January 29, 2009: Demonstrations across France bring 2.5 million people to the streets, according to the unions, in defence of jobs, purchasing power and public services. The interior ministry says one million turned out.

2.2 million

- December 12, 1995: A demonstration against Prime Minister Alain Juppe's austerity programme brings out 2.2 million according to the organisers, one million according to the police.

Two million

- May 13, 2003: Unions say two million people, the police 1.13 million people, demonstrated against a government pension reform bill.

- June 24, 2010: A mass strike against the government's pension reform plan brings out two million, according to organisers, and 797,000 according to the police.


© 2010 AFP

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