PARIS (AP) — Thousands of retired French workers are protesting in cities around the country over a new tax hike on their pensions.
The retirees are joining a growing crowd of critics of French President Emmanuel Macron — he’s already faced protests from truckers, students and others.
The march Thursday in Paris included retirees with a wide range of ages, backgrounds and political views — but they were united in anger over a rise in a tax used to finance public health care and family aid. The tax is expected to hit as many as 8 million retirees, who say they’re being unfairly targeted.
The government plans to cut other payroll taxes at the same time, but that won’t affect retired workers.
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The first budget of 39-year-old Macron’s presidency, unveiled Wednesday, focuses on reducing France’s deficit.