In 2018, it was the “gilets jaunes”. In 2023 it’s the “casserolades”. Public opposition to Emmanuel Macron’s law increasing the French retirement age to 64 is still reverberating across the country – literally. “Casserolades”, or saucepan protests, have replaced the mass street demonstrations which failed to move Macron on the issue. Instead, groups of protestors are banging pots when the president and his members of his cabinet travel around the country. “When it’s no longer possible to dialogue with our government, we drown out their voices with the noise of our pots,” a 55 year-old protester tells the NYT. History lesson: the casserolades protest harks back to the 1830s, when French Republicans sought to (unsuccessfully) oust King Louis-Phillippe I. Macron’s response to the clanging: “It’s not saucepans that will make France move forward”. What will?
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