French officials say 1.27 million protested pension reforms
By ELAINE GANLEY, JADE LE DELEY and JOHN LEICESTER
PARIS (AP) — French authorities say an estimated 1.27 million people joined in Tuesday’s nationwide protests against the government’s planned pension reforms. In a victory for unions fighting the planned raising of the retirement age, that figure exceeds the estimated 1 million who took part in a first round of protests on Jan. 19. The government was forced to acknowledge that it “hears” the “questions and doubts” raised by the reforms. The eight unions organizing the demonstrations promptly announced that they would organize new protests on Feb. 7 and Feb. 11. The powerful CGT union claimed that 2.8 million protesters marched Tuesday. In the capital, police said 87,000 people took to the streets.