Large number of French police on streets for anti-Macron protest

Thousands march against independence in New Caledonia

Thousands march against independence in New Caledonia

Some 2,000 security forces, including riot police, were deployed as marchers gathered from midday in the central Opera square for a protest dubbed a "Party for Macron", a tongue-in-cheek "celebration" of the 40-year-old centrist's first anniversary in power.

Protest officials insisted the march would be "joyful and festive", although government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux expressed fears the demonstration could turn violent.

He noted that the protest's name, the "fête a Macron", has a double meaning in French - either celebrating someone, or trying to do them harm.

There were a few isolated scuffles at the march and at least four people had been arrested, while one policeman was injured, the police prefect's office said. President Macron charmed Australia.

But when asked about the government's reform methods, 55 percent of people taking part in the survey said they thought they were too authoritarian.

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Some university faculties remain blocked by protests against Macron's plans to make university access more selective, causing major disruption to students starting their summer exams.

The reform of the SNCF is the biggest since France's nationalisation of the railways in 1937; it will phase out the SNCF monopoly in domestic passenger rail and end hiring on more protective contracts than in other sectors. While all the more regularly used to depict a food item, "delicieux" can likewise portray a person, regardless of whether it is a to some degree antiquated use.

As the weeks go by, more and more workers are drifting back to work. Among the slogans were "Down with the President of the rich" and "No social revolution".

The French president Emmanuel Macron (centre) and overseas minister Annick Girardin (right) meet with Kanak leaders at the customary senate in Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia.

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