Mobilization against pensions: the highlights of Saturday March 18

Mobilization against pensions: the highlights of Saturday March 18

After the activation of 49.3 and before the debate on the motions of censure against the government, the opponents of the pension reform intend to use the weekend to express their anger, with rallies, strikes and trash cans piling up .

In the wake of Elisabeth Borne’s appeal to Article 49.3 of the Constitution, which allows the adoption of a text without a vote, except for a motion of censure, the inter-union called on Thursday for rallies this weekend, as well as to a 9th day of strikes and demonstrations on March 23.

Information to remember

> Gatherings on the territory, the Concorde prohibited

> “Filtering dams” on waste incinerators near Paris

> After the garbage collectors, the refiners could be requisitioned in the event of a stoppage

» Find the highlights of this Saturday, March 18

8:02 p.m. – The demonstration is tense in Paris

The demonstration, which began at 6 p.m. on Place d’Italie, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, joined Avenue de Choisy. The journalists present on the spot evoke garbage cans and burnt waste, firing of fireworks, and charges of the police.

The police intervened “for disturbers who try to create barricades and set fire to garbage cans”, commented a police source which counts 4,000 people in the procession. “Given the presence of many thugs, the organizer calls for dispersal,” assured the same source.


7:36 p.m. – Youth, “priority” by Elisabeth Borne

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne takes part in a national council for refoundation devoted to youth, in Matignon. “Whatever the circumstances, I have a priority, it’s you, the young people”, she declared, smiling and surrounded by several dozen young people, middle and high school students, apprentices, students, at the opening of this debate of about two hours on the theme of equal opportunities

“I am convinced that more than ever, restoring confidence in our democracy is a priority, beyond the subjects we are talking about today,” she added, in an allusion to criticism. oppositions and trade unions.

6:49 p.m. – Two other refineries could be shut down, according to the CGT

The PétroIneos refinery in Lavéra (Bouches-du-Rhône) could be shut down on Monday afternoon, and that of Esso-ExxonMobil in Port-Jérôme-Gravenchon (Seine-Maritime) on Monday or Tuesday, for lack of crude oil to be refined, due to a strike at the oil depot in Le Havre, said a CGT union coordinator.


Of the four other conventional refineries in France, one is shut down for technical reasons (TotalEnergies in Donges), two are at reduced throughput (TotalEnergies in Feyzin; Esso-ExxonMobil Fos-sur-Mer), while that of TotalEnergies in Normandy is being shut down.

6:12 p.m. – In Paris, start of the rally at Place d’Italie

At the call of the CGT Ile-de-France, the Parisian demonstrators gather on the Place d’Italie, in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Many police vehicles are also present on the Place de la Concorde, where demonstrations are prohibited.

6:01 p.m. – The police count 6,000 demonstrators in Nantes and 2,000 in Caen

Between 6,000 and 15,000 opponents of the pension reform, according to the police or the unions, marched in Nantes, and 5,000 to 8,000 in Brest, during demonstrations marked by tensions with the police. In Nantes, the police, targets of bottle throwing, responded by firing tear gas while trash cans were set on fire on the tram tracks.

In Brest, a wild demonstration followed the union rally, resulting in the firing of tear gas to disperse a group in front of the sub-prefecture and then in front of the office of Horizon party deputy Jean-Charles Larsonneur. The prefectures have also identified 2,000 people in Caen ( 5,000 according to the unions), 1,200 in Saint-Etienne, 1,600 in Roanne, or even 1,700 in Valence.

4:08 p.m. – Several demonstrations in progress

A thousand people gathered in the calm place of the town hall in Le Havre. In Nantes, a blockade of the ring road organized in the morning has just been lifted. Some 200 people also marched through the streets of Meaux, with CGT leader Philippe Martinez.

In Paris, a procession marches through the shopping center and the station of Chatelet les Halles. A demonstration is also underway in Marseille, where LFI MP Manuel Bompard spoke.


15h03 – The shutdown of the facilities at the TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy began on Friday evening, according to the CGT

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The shutdown of the facilities at the TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy “began Friday evening”, declared the secretary general of the CGT of the Normandy platform, Alexis Antonioli. However, this shutdown will take several days and should not cause immediate fuel shortages at service stations.

2:36 p.m. – “Stabilisation” of waste tonnages in Paris, according to the town hall

The City of Paris notes a “stabilization” of the volume of uncollected waste in the capital, while requisitioned dump trucks collect garbage according to the prefecture.

On Friday, the town hall estimated that 10,000 tonnes of waste were awaiting collection on the Parisian sidewalks.

2:16 p.m. – Gatherings at Place de la Concorde in Paris banned by the police headquarters

Gatherings at Place de la Concorde, as well as on the Champs-Elysées, are banned by the Paris police headquarters, after two evenings of demonstrations interspersed with incidents against the use of 49.3 to have the pension reform adopted.

“Due to serious risks of disturbance to public order and security […] any gathering on the public highway place de la Concorde and its surroundings as well as in the sector of the avenue des Champs-Elysées is prohibited, ”the prefecture told AFP. “People who try to gather there will be systematically ousted by the police” and may be fined, the same source added.

12:53 p.m. – “Filtering dams” on waste incinerators near Paris

The strikers of the three waste incineration sites produced by Paris are setting up “filtering dams” to let garbage collection trucks pass, according to a union delegate, confirming information from “Liberation”.

A filtering of trucks will be held in Issy-les-Moulineaux (Hauts-de-Seine) on Saturday and Sunday, then in Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis) on Monday and Tuesday, according to Fatiha Lahrech, CGT union representative of the site of Issy-les-Moulineaux. Letting trucks pass is a “security decision to limit the risk of an epidemic”, she explains.

10:58 a.m. – After the garbage collectors, the refiners could be requisitioned in the event of a stoppage

Industry Minister Roland Lescure suggests that the government could make requisitions in the event of the shutdown of refineries by employees on strike against the pension reform.

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At least two refineries, that of PetroIneos in Lavéra (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Normandy refinery of TotalEnergies in Gonfreville-l’Orcher (Manche), could be shut down from this weekend and later Monday, according to the CGT. Until now, the strikers had contented themselves with blocking fuel shipments, but the refineries continued to produce.

9:45 a.m. – Philippe Martinez: “we had alerted” Emmanuel Macron to the risks of tension

“In a letter where we asked to be received, we evoked black on white an explosive situation”, assures Philippe Martinez on Europe 1, evoking the clashes of Friday. “No one can tell us or retort that we have not alerted the president”, asserts the secretary general of the CGT.

9:16 a.m. – 37% of strikers in TotalEnergies refineries and depots

About 37% of the operational staff of TotalEnergies refineries and depots in France are on strike this morning, a spokesman for the oil group told Reuters.

The employees of the TotalEnergies refinery in Donges (Loire-Atlantique), meeting in a general meeting on Friday, decided for their part to renew the strike for an additional week, until March 24, at the call of the inter-union CGT- FO-CFDT, reports “West France”.

» The essential information of the day of Friday

> The government faces two motions of censure after its 49.3

Two motions were tabled. If that of the National Rally is doomed to failure, that of the small LIOT group, which wants to be cross-partisan, has more chances on paper. But that will depend on the goodwill of the LR deputies.

> Several teachers’ unions call for strike from Monday

An inter-union called Friday evening for the surveillance strike during the baccalaureate specialty exams, which start on Monday. Additional supervisors have been mobilized, assures the Ministry of National Education.

> The SNCF unions call for the continuation of the renewable strike

Started on March 7, the renewable strike should continue at the SNCF after the renewed call this Friday from the four representative unions. They also want to make March 23 the “high point” of the protest.



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