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Macron desperately tries to silence furious French protests by seizing pots and pans

NewsMacron desperately tries to silence furious French protests by seizing pots and pans

Emmanuel Macron reportedly ordered that pots and pans be seized from protesters ahead of his visit to a small French town this week. This comes as the French President comes under intense pressure and a ferocious backlash after pushing through his controversial pension reform plans. Police in the town of Ganges in southern France were told to confiscate saucepans, which were deemed ‘portable sound devices’.

One video shared on social media showed a local policeman seizing a small, round, steel saucepan from a protester.

After the ban, demonstrators resorted to throwing eggs and potatoes at the head of state from a distance.

The ban on pots and pans comes as President Macron tours the country in a flailing reconciliation bid.

During his visit to a high school in Ganges, Sébastien Rome, an MP from the leftist party France Unbowed, asked if he was willing to face the demonstrators.

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President Macron mocked those on the streets as he responded that he would go “if people are ready to talk, but if it’s just for the eggs and the pans — at my place, these are used to cook”.

The order against the saucepans was likely prompted by the French leader’s visit to the town of Muttersholtz on Wednesday.

This visit saw protesters loudly bang pots and pans to disrupt the visit, amid chants demanding President Macron resign.

He could be seen telling protesters at the event: “It is not the pots that will move France forward.”

Cristel, a traditional pot manufacturer, quipped on social media: “Mr President, at @cristelfrance we make cooking pots that move France forward!”

The French President’s controversial pensions reform to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 officially became law last Saturday.

Protesters have spread across France in response to the law.

In the northern city of Lille, demonstrators temporarily blocked railway tracks, while in Paris, trade union members marched to the La Défense business district to protest.

On Monday, President Macron gave a speech on national TV to defend his widely unpopular plan.

The law is opposed by seven out of ten French people, according to the latest polls.

He insisted that the reform was “necessary” and that he wanted to rebuild French people’s relationship with their work-life through “social dialogue” and being “as close to the field as possible”.

Mr Macron is keen to quell the protests by Bastille Day on July 14 — the French national holiday, according to his officials.

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