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  • Laurent Berger and Philippe Martinez will they transform the test? Almost two weeks after a first day of demonstrations, all the unions are calling for a strike this Tuesday, January 31. Demonstrations are underway in most major cities and in Paris. On January 19, between one and two million people had demonstrated against the pension reform wanted by the government. A source in the intelligence services expects 1.2 million demonstrators at the national level “in the high range, including 100,000 in Paris, with 240 processions or rallies planned” this Tuesday.
  • The rate of strikers reached 36.5% at the SNCF on Tuesday, against 46.3% during the first day of mobilization against the pension reform, January 19. In education, the rate of striking teachers reached 25.92%, including 26.65% in primary education and 25.22% in secondary education, according to the Ministry of National Education. These rates are lower than those of January 19.

  • Elisabeth Borne urged her majority to “mobilise” and “carry” the pension reform, a project which “requires effort”, but “saves the system”, Monday before the leaders of the Renaissance party. Traveling to The Hague, President Emmanuel Macron defended his reform, “essential when we compare ourselves in Europe” and in order to “save our system” by distribution.

  • Eleven thousand police and gendarmes are mobilized everywhere in France on Tuesday, including 4,000 in Paris, to supervise the demonstrations against the pension reform, announced Monday in Marseilles the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin.

3:03 p.m. – Elisabeth Borne wants to “save the pay-as-you-go system”

“The majority will be united” on the disputed pension reform, assured Élisabeth Borne before the Macronist deputies. “With this reform, we are fighting to save the pay-as-you-go system. We fight for our social model. So I don’t doubt for a second that the majority will be united. She has always united behind the President of the Republic and his project, ”said the Prime Minister, according to a participant in the majority intergroup, which brings together the deputies of the presidential Renaissance party and the allied formations Horizons and MoDem.

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2:49 p.m. – Mobilization figures everywhere in France

The first figures, according to the police, are in the same orders of magnitude as those of January 19, with, for example, 14,000 people in Rouen (against 13,000 on the 19th), 12,000 in Le Havre (against 11,000) or 28 000 in Nantes (against 25,000). Once again, medium-sized towns are at the forefront with 7,000 demonstrators in Alès (Gard, 35,000 inhabitants) or 8,500 in Angoulême (9,000 on the 19th). In Reunion, more than 10,000 people according to the organizers, 7,300 according to the prefecture, demonstrated in the two main cities of the island.

2:39 p.m. – Drop in the rate of strikers at EDF

The rate of strikers at EDF amounted to 40.3% of the overall workforce at midday, against 44.5% during the first day of mobilization against the government plan to reform pensions, management announced. of the electrical group. The social movement leads to load reductions (production) on EDF’s electricity production sites.

2:17 p.m. – The Parisian demonstration has begun

The second day of national mobilization against the pension reform is marked by the demonstration in Paris, which has just set off from the Place d’Italie. At the head of the procession, Philippe Martinez (CGT) and Laurent Berger (CFDT), in particular. The demonstrators will join the Invalides before meeting at Place Vauban, around 7 p.m.

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1:58 p.m. – In Toulouse, the mobilization is there, according to the CGT

Several tens of thousands of demonstrators, between 80,000 according to the unions and 34,000 according to the prefecture, marched in the streets of Toulouse against the pension reform. “There is a real rise in power compared to 19 (January). There are young people, old people, public, private and a lot of first-time demonstrators”, welcomed Cédric Caubère, leader of CGT Haute-Garonne. On January 19, the parades had gathered in Toulouse more than 50,000 demonstrators according to the organizers, 36,000 according to the prefecture.

1:42 p.m. – 36.5% of strikers at the SNCF

The rate of strikers reached 36.5% at the SNCF for the second day of mobilization against the pension reform, against 46.3% during the first, on January 19. SNCF management did not wish to confirm these figures. The movement leads to many cancellations of trains, in particular regional and in the Paris suburbs.

1:18 p.m. – The CFDT and the CGT evoke “very, very large figures”

The number one of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, said on Tuesday that there were “more people” in the street than during the last day of mobilization against the pension reform of January 19, shortly before the departure of the Parisian procession . “All that goes back to us everywhere in France are very, very big figures, largely as good, or even better, than last January 19,” said Laurent Berger, while his CGT counterpart Philippe Martinez judged that they were “at least as numerous”.

1:00 p.m. – The Parisian procession prepares before its departure at 2 p.m.

In Paris, the first demonstrators flock to the Place d’Italie (13th arrondissement), from where the procession will leave around 2 p.m. He will reach Place Vauban (7th arrondissement), in front of the Invalides, around 7 p.m. The demonstrators will take Boulevard Port-Royal, passing by Avenue des Gobelins. They will then continue on the boulevard du Montparnasse before taking that of the Invalides. “Road traffic risks being seriously disrupted in the 5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissements of Paris”, warns the police headquarters. For the Cochin and Necker hospitals, located in the impacted perimeter, they will always be accessible thanks to “protected corridors”. In order to make road traffic more fluid, the prefecture recommends motorists “to circumvent the area very largely for the duration of the event”.

12:45 p.m. – The first counts of processions fall

According to the unions, 8,500 people demonstrated on Tuesday in the streets of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais), against 7,000 people during the previous mobilization of January 19. The police counted 6,000 demonstrators, against 5,000 people on January 19. In Nice, the demonstration gathered 25,000 demonstrators, according to Force Ouvrière (FO). The prefecture has not yet given any information on this point. On January 19, during the first mobilization, the number of demonstrators would have reached between 7,500 and 20,000 people according to the sources. The count of the prefecture of Normandy has also just been communicated as the demonstrations end in the region. 13,800 demonstrators were counted in Rouen, 12,300 in Le Havre and 4,300 in Dieppe.

12:30 p.m. – 55% strikers in TotalEnergies refineries and depots, according to management

According to the management of TotalEnergies, of the 326 morning shifts at all the refining and depot sites, 55% (ie 179 people) were on strike. On January 19, the figure was 65%. According to the CGT, the rate of strikers would be between 75% and 100%. The union counts 75% of strikers at the Normandy refinery, 80% in Feyzin (Rhône), 90% in Donges (Loire-Atlantique) and 90% at the La Mède bio-refinery (Bouches-du-Rhône). The fuel depot in Flanders (North) is on 100% strike.

12:20 p.m. – Just over a quarter of striking teachers, according to the ministry

The second day of national mobilization against the pension reform is reflected on Tuesday by a rate of striking teachers of 25.92%, including 26.65% in primary education and 25.22% in secondary education, according to the Ministry of Education. National Education, well below union figures. These rates are lower than those of January 19, during the first day of mobilization against the pension reform: the rate of striking teachers was then 38.5% on a weighted average, according to the ministry, of which 42.35% in primary (nursery and elementary schools) and 34.66% in secondary (middle and high school). The teacher unions counted many more strikers for Tuesday, at least 50% among teachers, from kindergarten to high school.

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12:07 p.m. – Trenitalia also cancels trains

The Italian company Trenitalia, which competes with the SNCF on the Paris-Lyon (then Milan) high-speed link with its Frecciarossa, is also forced to cancel trains on Tuesday. Of the ten trains scheduled for today, four have been cancelled, the company indicates to the Pointwhich specifies that “these cancellations of some of our trains are linked to the strike by SNCF Réseau staff [qui gère l’infrastructure ferroviaire, NDLR]. Our Trenitalia staff are not on strike. »

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