Union claims new blackout south of Paris

CGT cuts power against pension reform. Govt says it's scandalous

21 January, 17:26

    Union claims new blackout south of Paris Union claims new blackout south of Paris

    PARIS - The CGT Energie union has cut power in a new protest against a planned pension reform. In particular, the union fighting against the planned reform of President Emmanuel Macron announced it was at the origin of a blackout on Tuesday morning in the area around the airport of Orly and the general markets of Rungis, south of Paris ''with the objective of hitting the economy and mobilizing against the pension reform''.

    The move was criticized by the French minister for the city and housing, Julien Denormandie, who described the protest to Bfm-Tv-Rmc as ''scandalous'' and ''irresponsible''. He added: ''Imagine not only the discomfort but also the danger for people, when you are inside an elevator and the power is cut suddenly or you need assistance to breathe at home and need oxygen machines'' and there is no power. Denormandie called on the secretary general of CGT, Philippe Martinez, to ''clearly denounce'' this type of action claimed by the local chapter of the union CGT-Energie Val-de-Marne. Among members, unionist Franck Jouano minimized what happened saying it was ''not the end of the world''.

    ''The objective - explained the secretary general of Fnme-CGT, Sébastien Menesplier - is to speed up after the mobilization of January 9 and to progress until January 24'' when the reform will be presented at a council of ministers.

    According to him, the blackout on Tuesday morning hit the Orly-Val, the train connecting the airport of Orly but ''not the control tower'' of France's second airport after Charles-de-Gaulle, along with some municipalities south of Paris.

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