Sky News host calls Paris protests “repulsive”
Rowan Dean’s comments on Paris
Sky News host Rowan Dean says the scenes coming out of Paris have been “repulsive”.
“Not only riots, there’s garbage piled up in the streets – one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it’s just heartbreaking,” Mr Dean said.
Protests in Paris
Protesters in Paris have been gathering for days to rally against pension reforms.
The government raised the retirement age from 62 to 64.
These protests have caused widespread disruption across the city, with metro and train lines closed, and tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower shut down.
Police clash with protesters
The protests have also led to violent clashes between police and demonstrators, with tear gas and water cannons being used to disperse the crowds.
Over 800 people have been arrested so far, and there have been reports of both police and protesters being injured.
The French government has vowed to push ahead with the pension reforms, despite the ongoing demonstrations.
The impact on Paris
The protests and resulting chaos have had a significant impact on Paris, both in terms of its image as a tourist destination and the economic damage caused by the disruption to businesses.
Many shops and restaurants have been forced to close due to the protests, and the garbage piled up in the streets has further added to the city’s problems.
The situation in Paris has sparked debate around the world about the role of protests in democratic societies, and whether they ultimately achieve their objectives or simply cause more harm than good.
The way forward
As the protests in Paris continue, it remains to be seen what the ultimate outcome will be.
The French government has shown no signs of backing down on the pension reforms, but protesters are determined to keep up their fight.
Whatever happens, it is clear that the impact on Paris and its people will be felt for a long time to come.