French Pension Plan Protests Erupt Again

Still, Mr. Berger added that the persistence of the protests, even after the overhaul became law, was a sign of lingering “anger and resentment” that may have lasting consequences for Mr. Macron’s political fortunes.

From Calais in the north to Nice in the south, some 280,000 demonstrators marched on Tuesday to protest against the pension changes, according to the French authorities, while strikes forced Paris Orly Airport to cancel a third of its flights and slightly disrupted the Paris subway network.

In Paris and other cities, protesters briefly clashed with riot police who fired tear gas, but the number of incidents was far below previous days.

The number of demonstrators was the smallest since the start of the protest movement and a sharp drop from the million who took to the streets in March, a sign that the protest movement, exhausted by weeks of unsuccessful marches, is now running out of steam. In Paris, a fairly sparse and calm crowd snaked along the Left Bank, in stark contrast to the raucous parade that shook the capital just a month ago.

“Clearly, there’s some exhaustion,” said Éric Agrikoliansky, a 56-year-old teacher who was browsing at a bookstall while waiting to join the march as small groups of protesters walked past him, chatting but hardly chanting any slogans. “Everybody seems to think that it’s the end.”

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