Strikes, protests test French plan to raise retirement age


              Demonstrators from the CGT union walk during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Bayonne, southwestern France. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency.(AP Photo/Bob Edme)
            
              Demonstrators from unions hold a banner reading in French "Withdrawal of this unfair pension reform" during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Bayonne, southwestern France. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
            
              A demonstrator from CFDT union walks during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Bayonne, southwestern France. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency.(AP Photo/Bob Edme)
            
              Union leaders stand behind a banner reading "Pensions reform, working more, it's no"before a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              Union leaders, with CGT union Secretary General Philippe Martinez, center, and French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT) union's general secretary Laurent Berger, left , stand behind a banner reading "Pensions reform, working more, it's no"before a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              Union leaders, with CGT union Secretary General Philippe Martinez, fourth left, stand behind a banner reading "Pensions reform, working more, it's no"before a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              People gather near Place de la Republique during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              People gather on Place de la Republique during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              People gather on Place de la Republique during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              People gather on Place de la Republique during a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. Workers in many French cities took to the streets Thursday to reject proposed pension changes that would push back the retirement age, amid a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              A disguised protestor holding a placard reading "Let's defend our very special pension regimes" poses before a demonstration, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              High school students block their school Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. High school student unions are expected to join the protests by blocking access to some schools. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)
            
              A lone passenger walks on the platform in a deserted subway station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              A lone passenger stands on the platform in a deserted subway station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              Travelers use escalators to reach a subway station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              A lone passenger walks on the platform in a deserted regional subway station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              Passengers walk in the deserted Gare du Nord train station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              Trains stand still in the deserted Gare du Nord train station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              A traveler checks the trains arrivals and departures in the Gare du Nord train station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
            
              Travelers walk in the deserted Gare du Nord train station, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023 in Paris. French workers angry over proposed changes to retirement rules are halting high-speed trains, disrupting electricity supplies and taking to the streets Thursday in a day of nationwide strikes and protests seen as a major test for Emmanuel Macron and his presidency. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
Strikes, protests test French plan to raise retirement age