According to media sources, nationwide protests were organized in Paris and other French towns for the seventh time this year, with thousands opposing the government’s pension reform plan.
Protests began earlier in towns including as Nice and Toulouse, while hundreds of people gathered in Paris in the afternoon.
During the protests in Paris, several groups launched projectiles at police officers who reacted with force, according to broadcaster BFMTV.
According to the French police, 32 people were arrested during the Paris protests, according to Le Figaro. Several were caught before to the Paris protests for carrying forbidden weapons, including a liter of flaming alcohol, according to police on Twitter.
More than a million people demonstrated in France, including 300,000 in Paris, according to the General Labor Confederation, while the Interior Ministry reported 368,000 protestors nationally, including 48,000 in Paris.
Following the protests, trade unions issued an united statement on Twitter, calling on the government to consult French citizens about the reform agenda.
They also chastised President Emmanuel Macron for refusing to meet their demand.
The unions also declared the date of their next nationwide mobilization day, March 15.
The reform plans call for raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030, as well as requiring at least 43 years of service to be eligible for full pensions.