Demonstrators take to streets in France

Prepare for protests: France’s nationwide strikes over pension reform on Thursday could be the biggest since 1995, when the country came to a standstill after President Jacques Chirac also tried to overhaul its retirement system.Coming up: A range of workers and trade unions are expected to take to the streets to demonstrate against the pension system, with thousands expected to take part.

Police officers block the Place de la République. Photo: Antoine Crouin

People are marching in multiple French cities

Paris’ famed boulevards continue to fill with people but it isn’t the only French city where mass demonstrations are taking place today.

Marseille

Firefighters lay on the ground as they take part in a demonstration to protest the proposed pension overhauls, in Marseille. Photo: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images
Firefighters lay on the ground as they take part in a demonstration to protest the proposed pension overhauls, in Marseille. Photo: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images
Also in Marseille, dockers march with smoke bombs in hand. Photo: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images
Also in Marseille, dockers march with smoke bombs in hand. Photo: Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images

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Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashes in France; pilot trapped hanging from power line

A Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashed in France on Thursday — and authorities say one of its pilots hit a high-voltage power line, leaving him hanging in the air.

Source: Belgian F-16 fighter jet crashes in France; pilot trapped hanging from power line

France to create space command within air force: Macron – Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he had approved the creation of a space command within the French air force to improve the country’s defense capabilities.

Addressing military personnel a day before the Bastille Day parade, Macron said the new military doctrine setting up a space command would strengthen protection of French satellites. He said the investment involved had yet to determined.

Source: France to create space command within air force: Macron – Reuters

France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News

Yellow vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday–newly enraged at the billions of dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause.

Source: France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame | Fox News