Protesters wave flares throughout a march to protest in opposition to pension reforms.
French police have been on Tuesday searching for thieves who made off with 25 000 euros in cash and ingots from a gold store throughout a protest in opposition to pension reforms, a prosecutor stated.
President Emmanuel Macron early on Saturday signed into legislation his deeply unpopular reform elevating the retirement age from 62 to 64, additional stoking outrage throughout the nation.
As protests erupted within the western metropolis of Rennes later that day, the supervisor of a gold store, within the basement on the time, heard noises upstairs, prosecutor Philippe Astruc stated.
“As protesters walked by exterior, she observed that three of the store’s home windows have been damaged,” he stated.
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As she opened the door to test on the injury, “two people rammed their method into the shop. The primary grabbed gold cash and ingots, whereas the second held her quick by her forearms,” he added.
They left with an estimated 25 000 euros value of loot.
Greater than 1 000 folks took half within the protest in Rennes on Saturday, which erupted in skirmishes between protesters and police, AFP reporters there stated.
The earlier evening, after the nation’s constitutional court docket accredited the reform after three months of largely peaceable protests in opposition to it, a number of store fronts have been broken within the metropolis.
Rennes’ Socialist mayor Nathalie Appere advised AFP that the city centre had been “pillaged” within the clashes.
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