Millions of people took to the streets in France on Tuesday to stage a protest over government plans to raise the retirement age to 64.

Iran PressEurope: Industrial action impacted transport links and electricity production, with more than 2.5 million marching across the country, according to unions. 

The Interior Ministry put the number of protesters against the law -- a flagship reform of President Emmanuel Macron -- at 1.27 million, still higher than the historic record set during past protests against pension reforms in 2010, Euronews reported.

France's government has so far remained resolute and insisted the changes will go ahead. But Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said at the end of Tuesday the reform “raises questions and doubts.”

"We hear them," she wrote in a tweet, following the protests involving 11,000 police officers. 

A wave of strikes

Strikes gripped the country throughout the day, bringing severe disruption to the energy and transport sectors.

TotalEnegies says between 75% and 100% of workers at its refineries and fuel depots walked out, while electricity supplier EDF said they're monitoring a drop in power to the national grid equivalent to three nuclear power plants. 


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