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O presidente francês Emmanuel Macron discursa na subprefeitura de Saint-Nazaire, na costa da península de Guerande, no oeste da França, em 22 de setembro de 2022.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks in the subprefecture of Saint-Nazaire, on the coast of the Guerande peninsula, in western France, in

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A national strike in France this Thursday (19) caused disruption in the energy sector, as workers in the nuclear power industry joined the strike.

The strike of 17 hours the electricity union has reduced grid capacity at a time when France is already facing a record number of nuclear reactor outages. The attack reduced nuclear power generation by 3.3 gigawatts (GW).

The shutdown also causes disruptions to schools and transport. In addition to asking for a salary increase, the unions are demonstrating against President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to reform the pension system.

“For us, this is a starting point, the beginning of a movement”, said Philippe Martinez, leader of the CGT union, which leads Thursday’s protests, to the broadcaster France 2 Television

The cost-of-living crisis in Europe is putting pressure on wage inflation as private and public companies face demands from workers to reduce the impact of rising prices.

The proposal of raising the retirement age from your current level of 62 years – one of his key re-election campaign promises – has roused unions and other left-wing opponents and remains largely unpopular across the country. . The retirement age changes are expected to take effect next year.

Macron’s prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, told French news agency AFP on Thursday that the government would seek dialogue. “There are important issues that we want to discuss with other political parties, unions and employer groups,” Borne said. “We assume that we will be able to have a dialogue,” she added.

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