Protesters match during a demonstration in Lyon, central France, Thursday, April 13, 2023. AP
It had counted 570,000 people last week. French union CGT chief Sophie Binet said over 1.5 million people marched Thursday for the 12th day of protests since January against the reform, again lower than unions' estimate of almost two million for the last protest day on April 6.
The interior ministry said 42,000 people protested in Paris on Thursday, while unions led by the CGT gave a figure of 400,000 for the capital.