Paris sanitation crews returning to work post protests

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Sanitation workers in Paris are due to return to work on Wednesday as protests over French President Emmanuel Marcon’s controversial pension bill appear to be winding down.

Piles of up to 10,000 tons of garbage along the streets of the French capital are as heavy as the Eiffel Tower and have become a striking visual symbol of opposition to a bill to raise Marcon’s retirement age from 62 to 64. increase.

Clean-up parties were set Wednesday to begin picking up debris from the streets following the day’s renewed anti-pension reform protests. Said it was over. They join other previously legally requisitioned people to help clean up.

Gil Franco, 73, an artist, said, “It’s a good thing that garbage gathers. It’s very unsanitary, and some residents are plagued by rats and rats. If left too long, it’s dangerous.”

The decontamination, along with the drop in the number of protesters, is seen by some as the beginning of the end of demonstrations against the pension bill.

Amandine Betaud, 32, from Paris, said as she ate her morning croissant in the Le Marais district: “People are fed up with it. There has been too much violence. Paris is in chaos. I am a normal person.” I want to live my life.” She said it might take some time to clean up, but it’s a “good thing” when the streets are cleared of trash.

The single-named artist Bisk, who has garnered attention for his creative sculptures out of garbage, said his work added some levity to the tense protests and reminded Parisians of the bright side of life. .

“People come in earnest, and when they see the monster’s face or the little man, they leave with a smile on their face. People thank us for making us feel better,” said the 30-year-old artist.

Bisk said he has worked on about 100 trash can “sculpts” since March 6, creating fantastical monster faces with crazy eyes and small friendly men.

“Everyone was nervous and the police stopped me from doing my job because they thought I was going to set fire to garbage. It’s just there,” Bisque said. “I’m not political. I just turn junk into gold.”

Tuesday’s protests in Paris saw dozens of arrests and a flare-up of violence, but significantly fewer people took part in the action nationwide.

The Interior Ministry estimates the number of demonstrators across the country at 740,000, down from more than 1 million five days ago when protesters expressed their anger over President Macron’s order to push the bill through parliament without a vote. bottom.

For trade unions, the fight against the law is not over yet. The 11th day of action he is scheduled for April 6th.

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