He said state violence is legitimate and is very controlled and police can use violence only when they are attacked.
His comments came as many labor unions called on demonstrators to march in the streets of Paris Dijon, Rouen, Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Rennes with torches.
Thousands of demonstrators protesting against President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension plans complied.
The pension reform strike started in protest against the government’s planned overhaul of the national pension system. Macron is steadfast in his position that the 42 different plans currently in place need to be consolidated into one.
Pension payouts under the new plan would be calculated from salaries from across a worker’s career instead of only the last five years. The result, unions say, would be significantly reduced payouts for workers.
Macron’s proposed plan would also phase out the early retirement advantages of certain sectors, primarily the civil service, by adjusting various “hardship” criteria.