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This week in pictures: France’s transport chaos, COP25, Merkel’s visit to Auschwitz, and more

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Rush hour traffic fills the ring road in Paris as a strike by French transportation workers continue to protest against French government's pensions reform plans.
Rush hour traffic fills the ring road in Paris as a strike by French transportation workers continue to protest against French government's pensions reform plans.   -   Copyright  Charles Platiau/Reuters
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This week, a nationwide strike over pension reform by transport workers, teachers and other professionals brought France to a near standstill.

Meanwhile, more than 50 world leaders have gathered for the 2019 United Nations Climate Change (COP25) conference in Madrid. The event was moved to Spain’s capital from Chile due to ongoing civil unrest in the country. The situation remains heated in Santiago.

In Poland, Angela Merkel visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp for the first time in her 14 years as chancellor.

Here's a look on this week in pictures:

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A fire and rescue officer hoses down his truck as his crew battles a bushfire encroaching on properties near Termeil, AustraliaAAP Image/Dean Lewins/via REUTERS
Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Angela Merkel visits Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial on Friday for the first time in her 14-year chancellorship. Oswiecim, Poland. December 6, 2019.Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
Police disperse tear gas canisters against demonstrators in Lyon during France’s nationwide strike over pension reform. December 5, 2019. Lyon, France.Natalia Liubchenkova/Euronews
Baz Ratner/Reuters
A Kenyan official says a six-story building has collapsed in the capital, Nairobi, with some people feared to be trapped in the debris. Nairobi, Kenya. December 6, 2019.Baz Ratner/Reuters
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse as he visits battle sites in areas of Mt Paektu, Ryanggang, North Korea, in this undated picture released by North Korea's Central News Agency. December 4, 2019.KCNA
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
Bowing to international pressure, Bosnian authorities agreed on Friday to dismantle a makeshift refugee camp of freezing snow-covered tents, but some migrants living there have been refusing food in protest at being resettled.REUTERS/Dado Ruvic
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An apartment building damaged by a gas explosion is seen in Presov, Slovakia. December 6, 2019.Reuters
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Social unrest and mass protests over inequality and injustice have paralysed Chile for seven weeks. A man on a bicycle is sprayed by a water cannon during a protest against Chile's government in Santiago. December 5, 2019.Pablo Sanhueza/ReutersPablo Sanhueza
REUTERS/Juan Medina
'I sincerely hope that COP25 will lead to something concrete,' said climate change activist Greta Thunberg after her arrival in Madrid during the ongoing UN Climate Summit. December 6, 2019.REUTERS/Juan Medina