Rioting youths attacked police in Lyon, protesters blocked the entrance to Marseilles’s airport and Lady GaGa canceled two concerts in Paris this weekend as violence in France continued to escalate ahead of a Senate vote on raising the retirement age. The National Assembly has already passed the bill and the Senate is expected to vote on it Friday.
According to reports, more than one-third of France’s gas stations were out of fuel, and long lines snaked toward stations that did have fuel, although drivers were held to an eight-gallon maximum.
Protestors blocked the main road to one of two terminals at Paris-Orly Airport on Wednesday and some travelers were forced to lug suitcases along blocked roads as they hiked to the terminal. Many domestic flights were canceled, while many international flights were delayed.
Wildcat protests blocked rail lines around Paris on Thursday and one in three TGV high-speed trains were canceled.
In addition, French unions on Thursday called for two more days of mass strikes and street protests on Oct. 28 and Nov. 6.