Nearly 200 people gathered at the call of La France insoumise on Wednesday near the National Assembly to support the bill to repeal the retirement age at 64, examined in the Social Affairs Committee.
The rally, mainly made up of activists, took place when the presidential camp had just had the key article of the text proposed by the independent group Liot deleted, pending the examination of the text in the hemicycle on June 8.
“They blocked all the democratic issues”, denounced at the microphone Mathilde Panot, the president of the group of rebellious deputies. "They are trying to distort the law, because they know that on June 8 they will lose this vote," she added, accompanied by applause.
"We are silencing opposition, no power has ever gone so far," added Green MP Sandra Regol. “Imagine the same case law in the hands of the far right.” The debates in committee were broadcast by speakers. The twenty deputies present, mostly rebellious, sang the Marseillaise and “We are here”.
"We don't let go," told AFP Valérie Jacob, 57, CGT delegate to the foundation of the Salvation Army. “I followed the debates closely. (…) For me, we are no longer in a democracy, but in an authoritarian regime, while all the unions and 90% of French people are against retirement at 64.” The trade unionist hoped that the demonstration of June 6 at the call of the unions will stir up "ten million people, because everyone is concerned".