French left-wing parties gather protesters to march in Paris, as refinery strikes persist

The left-wing party La France Insoumise and its allies are holding a protest against inflation on Sunday.

Three weeks into a refinery strike that has caused fuel shortages across the country, thousands of protesters marched in Paris on Sunday, October 16, adding to a growing picture of defiance and anger about inflation. The demonstration on Sunday was called by left-wing political parties, backed by hundreds of organizations, which are seeking to build on the momentum created by the refinery standoff.

Some protesters wore yellow florescent vests, the symbol of often violent anti-government protests in 2018 which shook the pro-business centrist government of President Emmanuel Macron. “Our lives are more valuable that your profits,” read one banner in the procession. Police estimated around 30,000 people were demonstrated, whereas organizers reported an attendance of 140,000 people.

“You can see that this movement is starting to spread,” the parliamentary head of the left-wing La France Insoumise party, Mathilde Panot, told Franceinfo radio. “You can see it in the nuclear sector. Truck drivers have announced a stoppage on Tuesday, and lots of other sectors are starting to join them,” she added.

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