Protesters gathered in Paris and many other cities, where some set fire to dumpsters and trash, and targeted various buildings to express their anger over a divisive pension plan.
Protesters chant "Macron, resign!" and "Macron is going to break down" as police fire tear gas and clash with demonstrators — reminiscent of the Yellow Vest protests which erupted in late 2018 over high fuel prices.
A peaceful rally kicked off in the town of Compiegne north of Paris and a demonstration was planned in the nation's capital later on Saturday after two nights of unrest.
No-confidence motion would need backing from around half the contingent of the opposition right-wing Republicans, a scenario seen as highly improbable.
Iraq's Kurdish Regional Government says Wednesday's incident in Dohuk province killed at least five passengers aboard a Eurocopter AS350 aircraft.
French President Macron invoked a controversial constitutional power to impose the pension overhaul by decree despite two months of coordinated nationwide strikes and some of the biggest protests in decades.
Top US diplomat Antony Blinken, on a rare visit to the landlocked West African country, announces $150 million in new aid for Sahel region, including Niger, one of world's poorest countries.
French president invokes Article 49.3 of the constitution bypassing parliament while risking censure motion from the opposition.
A broad alliance of unions has called for an eighth day of street protests across France since mid-January to contest Macron's plans to raise the retirement age by two years to 64.
Two people were missing out of 47 people who had embarked on the perilous sea journey to reach the French territory of Mayotte, officials said.
The statement from French union CFDT leader Laurent Berger comes a day after the parliament approved Emmanuel Macron's controversial pension reform plans.
Senators pass reforms by 195 votes to 112, bringing the package another step towards becoming law.
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