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Tear gas, flares, clashes and splashes: France's strike in pictures

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Tear gas, flares, clashes and splashes: France's strike in pictures
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Public sector workers in France continue to bring transportation in the country to a virtual standstill as they protest pension reforms.

Protesters gathered Thursday morning in France's third-largest city, Lyon, where temperatures were just above freezing. Demonstrations were not planned for Friday but the strike continues.

Police blocked several bridges in the town in preparation for the protests.

The strike comes as the city prepares for its largest tourist event of the year - the Fête des lumières - that brings over a million tourists to the city each year.

Here's a look at Thursday's protest pictures:

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A nationwide strike over pension reform by transport workers, teachers and other professionals brought France to a near standstillNatalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
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The protesters were targeting the country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, and his reforms as well as alleged government corruption.Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
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Police at times dispersed tear gas canisters against demonstratorsNatalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
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'So... are we having this revolution?'Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
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'Revolution in progres'Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
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Up to 35 000 people are estimated to have participated in today's general strike demonstration in LyonNataliia Liubchenkova/Euronews
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Police blocked bridges in Lyon in preparation for the protestsLauren Chadwick/Euronews
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Police blocked bridges ahead of the protestsLauren Chadwick/Euronews