Watch live: French rail workers hold one-day strike as pension dispute continues

Watch live as railway workers in France stage a strike in an ongoing dispute over Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms.

The French president signed the deeply unpopular bill raising the state retirement age from 62 to 64 on Saturday, despite vocal opposition from unions who have called for mass protests, which began in January, to continue.

France’s Constitutional Council ruled in favor of the provisions, finding the bill, which the government forced through parliament without a final vote, was in accordance with French law.

The law will enter into force on September 1, 2023.

Macron has said pension changes are needed to avoid billions of euros of deficit every year by the end of the decade, but unions say this funding could be found elsewhere, such as taxing the rich more.

Unions have called for more strikes on April 21 and 28 and May 1.

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