French workers in agitation in several cities
Students block the entrance to the Sorbonne in Paris
France, MEPs ask for frozen prices for fruit and vegetables
The French National Assembly today approved several amendments which ask to freeze the prices of at least five seasonal fruit and vegetables and introduce an “inflation basket”, despite the opposition of the government and ‘Macronist’ deputies. The definitive approval of these amendments promoted by the communists and France Insoumise (LFI) remains highly uncertain, in particular, with respect to the next steps in the parliamentary process and the shuttle with the Senate. However, this is a first sign, in a context of a sharp increase in food prices linked to inflation, which sees an unusual bipartisan union between deputies of the left and those of Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National.
Failed meeting between unions and Prime Minister Borne
Demonstrations against the pension reform are back in France today. A meeting between the unions and Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne at the Matignon palace ended in failure yesterday and all parties remained in their positions. Cyril Chabanier, head of the CFTC (the Catholic trade union) spoke on behalf of the inter-union league made up of eight acronyms, inviting the French “to join mass marches throughout France to say no for the eleventh time to this unjust reform and brutal”. For Laurent Berger, head of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), the “social crisis is turning into a democratic crisis”.
French students block the entrance to the Sorbonne in Paris (Video)