France’s Uprising: How Franco-Arabs View the Situation
By Almoutassim Al Kilani
France is experiencing internal turmoil that has not occurred since the student revolution in the spring of 1968. According to most French protestors, this uprising is against President Emmanuel Macron’s insistence on resorting to Article 49.3 of the constitution without resorting to the General Assembly and not referring the amendments to the retirement law directly to the Senate.
More than three million protestors gathered on “Black Thursday,” according to the French Unions, while at the same time, the Ministry of Interior said that the number was one million. Authorities said protests saw the participation of 650,000 to 900,000 demonstrators, including 70,000 to 100,000 in Paris, on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.
The current strikes include the disruption of train services and flights and the closure of some schools. Furthermore, six of the seven oil refineries are closed or operating at a reduced capacity, in addition to the complete closure of the TOTAL ports.