France Pension Reform Protest

A strike by Paris Garbage collectors over President Emmanuel Macron's decision to raise the retirement age without a parliamentary vote is taking a toll on the renowned aesthetics of the French Capital. Garbage and piles of it are still growing daily, despite authorities ordering the unblocking of collection trucks.

Polls show a majority of french oppose macron's decision to raise the retirement age by two years from 62-64 for most and from 57-59 for garbage collectors. But Neither Unions organising protests nor some citizens are prepared to back down.

On Monday protesters tried to block the depot of garbage trucks on the outskirts of Paris to prevent them heading out for collections.

The minimal service has enabled some collection, but trucks are full long before a proper clean-up. Critics accuse Macron of effectively ruling by decree likening him to France's kings of old.

French protesters marched along railway lines in Paris on Tuesday, in the 10th day of union-coordinated action against the government's pension reforms. 

Striking workers waving burning flares invaded and blocked train tracks serving one of Paris's main railway stations gare de lyon. Peaceful marches were also getting underway in other cities.