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by Michael S Brannigan for The News Portal at 1:43pm on 7th of September 2010

French Union representatives have said they hope to see more than two million demonstrators out on the streets of the country in over 200 protests against the Sarkozy government's insistence on the need for the retirement age to be increased from 60 to 62.

Labour minister Eric Woerth has stated that the cuts will be implemented in spite of and regardless of people's opposition.

Sarkozy and his party believe the pension age rise is needed to shore up confidence with bond investors and rating services in the wake of a 'Europe wide' sovereign debt crisis. Transport, schooling and certain areas of government may be affected by the action. The SNCF rail network states that 40% of fast trains (TGV) and up to 80% of trains to the Netherlands and Belgium could be working as normal. Eurostar to Britain should be unaffected.

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French unions called for another day of strikes and protests to take place on October 19 over plans to raise the retirement age as an ongoing open-ended strike disrupted services and transport for a t ...
FRANCE: France faces prospect of fuel shortage if strike continues
France 24 - 7:30am Thursday 14th of October 2010
France could face the threat of fuel shortages if open-ended strikes at refineries continue. The most recent stand-off between unions and President Nicolas Sarkozy over pension reform plans has shut d ...
French Rail Workers Vote to Extend Strike: Unions
New York Times - 12:30pm Wednesday 13th of October 2010
PARIS (Reuters) - Around half the union meetings taking place across France on Wednesday voted unanimously to extend strikes in the state-run rail sector in protest at government pension reform plans, ...
France gripped by pensions stand-off
France 24 - 11:30am Wednesday 13th of October 2010
French train services and oil refining faced a second day of severe disruption on Wednesday as the stand-off over President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform plans escalated.One day after nationwide st ...
French Strike Enters Second Day
Wall Street Journal - 11:00am Wednesday 13th of October 2010
French commuters fought their way onto packed subways and buses as a strike against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age entered its second day. ...
France gripped by pensions stand-off
Hurriyet Dailynews - 11:00am Wednesday 13th of October 2010
French train services and oil refining faced a second day of severe disruption as the stand-off over President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform plans escalated. ...
FRANCE: French transport strikes enter second day
France 24 - 10:00am Wednesday 13th of October 2010
Record numbers of French demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday in their latest protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan for pension reform, prompting a second straight day of strikes on ...
Mass French strike enters second day
CNN - 9:08am Wednesday 13th of October 2010
French unions were holding a second straight day of strikes Wednesday, a day after more than a million people walked out to protest government pension reforms. ...
French Unions to Extend Protests as Sarkozy Digs in on Pensions
BusinessWeek.com - 12:00am Wednesday 13th of October 2010
French strikers are extending their protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposed overhaul of the pension system as the government rebuffed calls to drop its plan to increase the retirement a ...
Uploaded on Oct 12 2010  A man holds a placard which shows a caricature of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and reads Urgent, retired, quickly ! during a demonstration over pension reforms with private and public sector workers in Lyon October 12, 2010. French trade unions began a fresh wave of strikes against pension reform on Tuesday, testing the resolve of French government as the unpopular bill edges closer to becoming law. Rail services, flights and sea ports ran below capacity as the unions kept up their battle against a plan to make people work longer for their pensions, including raising the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60. REUTERS/Robert Pratta (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST EDUCATION)

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