Mass strikes in France shut Eiffel Tower, trigger clashes

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ANGELA CHARLTON and CLAIRE PARKER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower shut down, France's high-speed trains stood still and tens of thousands of people marched through Paris and other cities Thursday in a massive and sometimes chaotic outpouring of anger at the government's plan to overhaul the retirement system. Small groups of masked activists smashed store windows, set fires and hurled flares on the sidelines of the otherwise peaceful Paris march, prompting volleys of tear gas from police in body armor. Unions launched the open-ended, nationwide strikes Thursday over President Emmanuel Macron's centerpiece reform in the biggest challenge to the centrist leader since the yellow vest movement against economic inequality erupted a year ago. Opponents fear the changes to
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