March 27, 2023

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced the mobilization of 11,000 police and gendarmes, this Tuesday, January 31, to ensure security around the demonstrations against the pension reform, everywhere in France.

A vast device to prevent any overflow. Traveling to Marseille, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin spoke about the police force set up for the new day of mobilization against pensions this Tuesday, January 31, everywhere in the country. In total, 11,000 police and gendarmes will be mobilized, including 4,000 in Paris alone.

“It is a message of firmness that I am passing on but also of great democratic concern (for) that the French who wish to can demonstrate” in “good conditions” thanks to “a very significant presence of the police”, explained the Minister.

For Gérald Darmanin, “it is the honor of the national police and the gendarmerie to allow this right to demonstrate”. However, the minister warned that people who “attack the police and gendarmes, other demonstrators, property, will be arrested”.

A first day of demonstrations and strikes on January 19 saw between one and two million people, according to sources, proclaim their opposition to this reform providing for a lowering of the legal age for retirement from 62 to 64 years as well as an acceleration of the extension of the contribution period.

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