Protesting against President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reform, the CGT warns that the lights could go out at the Cannes Film Festival
The Cannes Film Festival, the Monaco Grand Prix and the Roland-Garros tournament could see their dark days this year, literally, as a major union has threatened to cut power to key venues. CGT Energie has said it will turn off supply to play its part in the campaign against President Macron’s controversial pension reform.
“Macron has promised 100 days to appease, we promise him 100 days of action and anger,” the union said in a statement on Friday.
The group added that “the Cannes film festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Roland-Garros tournament, the Avignon festival could end up in the dark” and insisted they “will not let go”.
Members of the CGT, one of France’s main trade unions, vowed to be “creative” in their “energy disturbances”.
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French media outlet BFM TV quoted an expert as saying that the union does, in fact, have the means to disrupt the 76th Cannes Film Festival, which opens on May 16.
Organizers of the Roland Garros tennis tournament also take the union’s threat seriously.
On Wednesday, CGT cut off the electricity supply in a neighborhood of the commune of Muttersholtz, where President Macron was visiting a carpentry factory.
“Energy companies will be everywhere and the president will be in the dark!” Fabrice Coudour, a senior CGT officer, explained the stunt to the media.
Last week, France’s president enacted the controversial rise in the country’s retirement age, which will gradually rise from the current threshold of 62 to 64 from September 2030. This came just hours after the maximum France’s constitutional authority gave the green light. to the majority of a series of amendments proposed by Macron.
The measure has aroused the anger of the Opposition, both left and right, and the unions, who have pledged to protest until the retirement age reform law is recalled.
Macron, in turn, insists he had no choice but to implement the increase to shore up France’s pension system.