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Workers in France gear up for 14th round of mass mobilization against gov't pension reform

Workers and trade unions in France are preparing for a new day of mass mobilizations against the government's pension reform on Tuesday, according to media reports.

Trade unions and workers are insisting on their objection to the government's pension reform, which was adopted on March 16 and is set to enter into force on Sept. 1.

Protests and massive walkouts are expected across the country, with the attendance of up to 600,000 people in total, the daily Le Figaro said, citing authorities.

Paris police expects 70,000 protesters in the capital, and protests will be organized in other cities such as Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Nantes, and Toulouse.

"We wait resolutely for the lawbreakers and we will disperse them," Paris police chief Laurent Nunez told the broadcaster BFMTV on Monday.

The national railway company SNCF said its traffic would be slightly disrupted, and Paris regional transportation company RATP's traffic will keep its normal course, Le Figaro added.

The French Directorate General for Civil Aviation however asked airline companies to cancel a third of their flights at Paris-Orly airport, due to the workers' strikes.


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