Protesters hurl fireworks, police deploy tear gas at Paris protest

STORY: More than a million people took part in demonstrations across France, halting trains and cutting electricity production, in protest against government plans to raise the retirement age by two years to 64.

French government said a total of 1.12 million people had taken part in the demonstration, including 80,000 at a march in Paris.

The stoppages are a major test for French President Emmanuel Macron, who said on Thursday (January 19) that his pension reform plan, which opinion polls show is hugely unpopular, was "just and responsible" and had to be carried out.