By answering the SMS inviting him to a mysterious action, Wednesday, January 15, near the Porte de Pantin in Paris, Ahmed, RATP agent, never thought he would find so many people. "We were at least two hundred, when we started we looked like a column of fighters! " A few minutes later, this battalion, made up mostly of teachers and national education personnel, invaded the Paris rectorate, singing in its corridors: "Macron is waging war on us and his police too, but we are still deter(mine) to block the country! "
An example of the countless symbolic or spectacular initiatives against the pension reform that have been flooding social networks since Tuesday. A sign of the teachers' particular desire to make their anger and their mobilization visible, they notably targeted rectorates such as in Grenoble, Rennes, Nancy, Versailles or Clermont-Ferrand, where textbooks were thrown away.
"We want to show that we heard the call of the railway workers and RATP agents who said:" Help us ", confides an English teacher from Chaptal College who challenges the method of calculating strike rates in education. So you have to make yourself visible otherwise. "
Lawyers for Caen distinguished themselves on January 8 by launching their dresses at the feet of the Minister of Justice Nicole Belloubet. Wednesday evening, others pitched their tents in the Bobigny (Seine-Saint-Denis) district court, when some donated their blood to Saint-Etienne, posing for the photo with a sign. "Even if it means bleeding as much as it is useful".
"A communication war"
Two waste treatment centers in Ile-de-France, including the emblematic incinerator at Ivry-sur-Seine (Val-de-Marne) with chimneys overlooking the southeast of Paris, were also occupied. "Since the beginning of the movement, we no longer deliver steam to the Parisian heating company, explains Julien Lambert, CGT union delegate for the site. It is a loss of 100,000 euros per day for the operator, but this economic cost is invisible. "Blocking allows more weight to be placed on garbage collection, having more impact", explained Mamory, a garbage collector from the City of Paris, before the intervention of the police to dislodge them on Wednesday morning.
"The goal is to be visible, relayed by the press, because it is a communication war", explains Estellia Araez, president of the Syndicate of the lawyers of France.