“Our fight and our arguments must continue to be put forward”: striking lawyers are experimenting with new forms of mobilization

“Our fight and our arguments must continue to be put forward”: striking lawyers are experimenting with new forms of mobilization

Lawyers opposed to the pension reform end their 6th week of strike. They are launching a new type of action: the mass defense of those tried in immediate appearance to overload the courts.

The new courthouse in Paris, June 6, 2019, located in the Batignolles district.  (MAXPPP)

Some lawyers on strike against the pension reform have made the trip to Lille, Orléans and Tours. They got up at dawn on Friday February 21 to come to Paris, to the new courthouse, and participate in this new form of action against the pension reform: “Massive defense” by several lawyers of the same defendant within the framework of an immediate appearance, which has the consequence of dragging out the hearings in length.

Marianne Lagrue, who specializes in asylum issues, usually defends refugees. But she is about to go and plead a small offense: “If you want to ensure a good defense, sometimes you have to know how to raise all the means and sometimes, that takes time.”

In this showdown between the profession and the government, the lawyers, very reassured, are preparing to return to their seventh week on strike. Nathalie Roret, is vice-president of the Paris bar: “I am a lawyer. I find that until I have been told definitively ‘no’, it is a sign that the fight and the arguments that can be developed must continue to be put forward. ”

Young lawyers are very active. To help them stay that way, solidarity is being put in place. A pot is created to help those who no longer have a salary. The tenors of the Bar are also in action, such as Christian Saint-Palais:“Any strike requires self-sacrifice and for some it is a sacrifice. But here today, for example, I joined my colleagues in the mass defense and it just so happens that I am designated for an immediate appearance hearing. ”

Hearings could continue late into the night of Friday, February 21. The determined lawyers have planned to plead until the early hours if necessary.

Laure Debeaulieu’s report

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