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French lawyers dance in protest to government pension reforms

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Jiving for justice!🕺

Lawyers dancing outside a court building in Rouen, France (Credit: @Gerrrty)

French lawyers opted to express their anger at the government’s proposed changes to the pension system this week through the medium of dance.

In stark contrast to the comparatively reserved legal aid protests this side of the Channel, a group of robed up advocates plying their trade in the French city of Rouen opted to get their boogie on outside the local courtroom.

The unusual protest is in response to the French government’s plans to streamline the country’s complex pension system, merging 42 individual systems into one universal points-based system, and ending a special retirement system for lawyers and others who work in the legal sector.

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Thousands of French legal workers have downed tools in recent weeks, with videos on social media showing lawyers throwing their robes on the floor, carrying a ‘coffin of justice’ and spelling out ‘SOS’ with law books.

This isn’t the first time the country’s lawyers have taken to the streets to have their voices heard. Planned cuts to legal aid in 2015 triggered angry clashes between lawyers and riot police outside a courthouse in Lille. Meanwhile, in 2014, lawyers constructed a makeshift wall using their hefty practitioner’s texts to block access to a court in Nantes.

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The Court of Pie Powders

Note how many people choose French law and Jurisdiction in their contracts and how many choose English. That’s all I’ll say.

Legal Cheek’s First CyberNat #IndyRef2020 #VoteYes2020 #LetScotlandOutToPlay #Freedom #Braveheart #ImWithNicola #SNP #WeWonTheElection #MandateAfterMandate

It’s this kind of nonsense statement about superiority and inherent brilliance that makes me want IndyRef. Everyone of my colleagues at Essex Court Chambers wants Nicola to deliver on her promise of a 2020 referendum.

Genuinely confused

Tried to google “2020 referendum”, the only one I could find is the anti-indian referendum in Punjab. Who is this Nicola? Is she a Punjabi leader?

Bemused

:’)

There isn’t going to be one.

Anon

They scheduled one for 2020 but PM said no. Not sure what happens next- hopefully not an illegal one with people going to prison and all that

Disgruntled.

Dancing? How Bourgeoise.

Jeremy Corbyn 4EVA

Brothers! Sisters!

Jeremy Corbyn won the argument and won the future – all those under 25 voted Labour!!

The future is socialist!

These lawyers are entitled to their pensions!

A windfall tax on city greed! Solidarity with our French brothers and sisters! Freedom for Palestine! Down with metropolitan elites!!!

VOTE LABOUR, FOR THE MANY, NOT THE FEW!!!

Anonymous

The French “We must have pension reforms, but these reforms must affect other people.”.

The Little English “We must have more tax revenue, and this must come from taxes that do not affect me.”

2q

Looks more like ‘jiving for the right to retire at 40’ than ‘jiving for justice’.

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