France's streets are filled with garbage and fury. Here's why.

Posted on AllSides March 17th, 2023
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Lewis Joly / AP

Piles of stinking trash lay next to people sitting in Paris’ chic street cafes, uncollected for days. Torched cars and burned out tires litter some of the French capital's roads.

Paris is no stranger to political and popular unrest, but in recent days thousands have taken the streets and stormed police barricades, facing tear gas and water cannons in response.

Protesters across the country are angry about President Emmanuel Macron’s long-promised plans to raise the national retirement age from 62 to 64 during an acute cost-of-living crisis, exacerbated by spiralling inflation.

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