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French Workers Protest Raising Retirement Age
Trains stood still and children played instead of studied as workers around France went on strike in response to President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age to 62.
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France Retirement Strike

June 24: People demonstrate over pension reforms in Lyon as French unions stage nationwide protests against government pension reforms after France's government, looking to tame a record debt and public deficit, presented its long-awaited proposals for pension reform, featuring an increase in the retirement age to 62 from 60 by 2018. The slogan reads "Sarkozy retire and without compensation."

(Reuters)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: A woman, wearing a Phrygian cap, attends a demonstration against pension reforms in Lyon. The red Phrygian cap, commonly viewed as symbol of liberty, was widely seen during the French revolution.

(Reuters)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: Private and public sector workers and retired people demonstrate over pension reforms in Marseille. The banner reads "Yes to retirement age to 60."

(Reuters)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: A man holds a placard reading "No worries, Mrs Woerth will anage our pensions" during a protest in Marseille, southern France.

(AP)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: Steel workers from the nearby Fos-sur-Mer ArcelorMittal plant join a protest in Marseille, southern France, as the government says the reform to the money-losing pension system is an "obligation," given France's burgeoning deficit and its aging population.

(AP)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: People march during a protest in Marseille, southern France. Nearly 200 marches and protests were planned for several cities over a broad reform to the money-losing pension system, part of efforts around Europe to cut back on growing public debts.

(AP)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: Arcelor Mittal steel workers dressed in protective work suits demonstrate over pension reforms in Marseille. French unions stage nationwide protests against an increase in the retirement age to 62 from 60 by 2018.

(Reuters)

France Retirement Strike

June 24: People march during a protest in Marseille, southern France. Nearly 200 marches and protests were planned for several cities over a broad reform to the money-losing pension system, part of efforts around Europe to cut back on growing public debts.

(AP)

French Workers Protest Raising Retirement Age

Trains stood still and children played instead of studied as workers around France went on strike in response to President Nicolas Sarkozy's plans to raise the retirement age to 62.

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