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France extends protests as Macron stands by pension change decision

By Paul Godfrey

March 23 (UPI) — A ninth day of strikes in France over President Emmanuel Macron‘s changes to the country’s pension system wrought widespread disruption across the country Thursday, with trains and planes canceled and oil refineries blocked by protesters.

Paris’ Metro, bus and suburban rail services are all expected to be badly disrupted and about half of the country’s high-speed TGV trains have been canceled. TER and Intercites train services are also running a reduced timetable.

The trash piles flowing over into the streets of the capital, currently estimated at 10,000 tons, were left uncollected for another day.

Directorate General for Civil Aviation said that around a third of flights in and out of Orly airport outside Paris would be affected.

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