Protests took over several cities in France on Thursday over President Emmanuel Macron's plan to overhaul the country's pension system. About 806,000 demonstrators took over transportation systems across the country, including subways, buses, and the train line between Paris and London, shutting some of them down completely. Paris' Eiffel Tower and parts of the Louvre were also closed as an estimated 65,000 protesters turned out in that city alone. The largely peaceful protesters included teachers, students, transportation workers, and hospital workers who oppose Macron's plan to extend how long people must work before they can collect retirement benefits. Macron also wants to combine both public and private pension systems, which many civil servants oppose.
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