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Macron faces autumn of discontent over raising retirement age

President Macron faces the first national strikes this week since his re-election when a union-led day of protest begins an expected revolt over his plans to raise the retirement age.

With the backing of left-wing opposition parties, the CGT union has called on industrial and public sector workers to stop work and join marches on Thursday. Initially planned as action against low wages, the day has turned into a show of force against Macron’s rush to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65, starting next summer.

After weeks of drift following his centrist party’s loss of its absolute majority in parliamentary elections, the president, 44, has staked his reputation on achieving a retirement reform that sparked fierce protests before he shelved it with the

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