Macron’s government passed a controversial rule on Thursday that would allow pension reforms to be pushed through without a vote in the National Assembly. The use of such a decree is in line with the French Constitution, but this solution has provoked sharp reactions.
The major protests are one of the biggest challenges of Macron’s presidency so far. The 45-year-old began his second term as president less than a year ago.
Since the decision, the President has not commented publicly on the reform, which would raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 in France.
However, sources close to Macron tell the AFP news agency that he is following “developments”.
Police in Paris banned demonstrations outside the National Assembly on Saturday, but people were still gathering in another part of the French capital.