French airport workers will go on strike from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning to protest against the reform of the pension system which, among other things, raises the retirement age from 62 to 64.
Cancellations and delays are expected at Paris Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports, as well as Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse, Nice and Beauvais, the French civil aviation authority announced on Wednesday.
The decision by French President Emmanuel Macron’s government to raise the retirement age to 64 and make other changes to the pension system has sparked widespread protests across the country. For weeks the protests were peaceful but turned violent on March 16 when the government decided to push through Macron’s pension reform without the approval of the lower house of parliament.
Polls show around two-thirds of French people oppose changes to the pension system, but Macron insists they are needed to save him from the deficit that threatens him in the decades to come.
Macron’s political opponents and union leaders are urging protesters to continue their campaign against the pension reform law and are calling for massive protests on May Day, International Workers’ Day.