A union of energy workers has threatened to disrupt next month’s Monaco Grand Prix in protest at the French government’s changes to its national pension scheme.
The Fédération Nationale des Mines et de l’Énergie (FNME-CGT) declared “100 days of anger” in response to French president Emmanuel Macron’s reforms. The union has targeted events including the Monaco Grand Prix, which is due to take place from 26-28th May.
“100 days of anger, 100 days to win,” said the union in a statement. “In May, do what you please! The Cannes film festival, the Monaco Grand Prix, the Roland-Garros [tennis] tournament, the Avignon [art] festival could end up in the dark! We won’t give up!”
F1’s race around the streets of Monte-Carlo is one of the oldest and most prestigious rounds of the world championship. It is organised by the Automobile Club de Monaco, which also runs Monaco’s round of the Formula E series. That race is due to take place on May 6th but was not named as a target by the union. The ACM has been approached for comment.
Macron’s plan to increase in the retirement age from 62 years to 64 was passed by France’s top constitutional body 10 days ago. It has been resisted by many in the country and its approval was greeted by a wave of protests.
While the Monaco Grand Prix does not take place at night under lights, unlike six rounds on the 2023 F1 calendar, interference with the local energy supply has the potential to be disruptive. A power cut caused by heavy rain contributed to the delay at the start of last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
At the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, a night race, Alfa Romeo were unable to run their cars for almost an hour in practice due to a power cut in their garage.
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