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Nationwide protests in France continue

President Sarkozy orders police to break up fuel blockades


 

Protests in France broke out again early Wednesday morning as France’s 12 oil refineries went into the seventh day of a general strike, the New York Times reports. Crowds of union protesters and students blocked road tunnels in Marseille and airports in Toulouse and Clermont-Ferrand. In Paris, masked youths set cars ablaze and clashed with police, while Lyon saw lootings and car burnings. Police have reopened three fuel depots after President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the break up blockades that left one third of the country’s gas stations dry. Mr. Sarkozy said in a statement that weeks of demonstrations and protests will not deter him from pursuing his plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. The final parliamentary vote on the plan is expected to occur before the weekend or early next week.

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Nationwide protests in France continue

  1. THey get this upset over two years.The gravy train has slowed to a stop, sorry union types.Sarkozy is right!

    • an article you will never see: the french NOT protesting

  2. The French can starve while freezing in the dark, that would make them good 'environmentalists' too! Lucky them!

  3. You are all missing the point. This isn't the begining of the decline in lifestyle for the French. it is the beginning for ALL of us. Our economies technically grow, but all the GDP growth has gone into the top 1-2 percent earner, those in the millions per year. France is first to feel the pain, with it's most generous welfare state. Then a few more European countries. Then Canada and the rest. After all, why are people being allowed the retire at 65 here. In Germany it is 67. Maybe it should be 69. Why now 70? You can all wait another 5 years for your pensions, right? After all, the bankers need their bonuses.

    So poo-poo the French all you like, but if the crunch comes here, if they try and take away much of our health care and force us all to work longer to recover from the next crash cause by bankers making $30 million a year, will you say "good, about time Canadians starved a little" or will you try and fight?

    • It's just reality. Not enough growth, excess spending and excess debts, have led to the situation where debts are going to be a even heavier burden on those who weren't even born when it began.

      Now the debtload is high, the pensions are unpayable, and the only solution is everyone works longer. If you bite off more than you can chew, and then your chewing ability starts to go down, you've got an uphill battle.

      It's just the reality and that's all the French are protesting against. Protesting against reality is a losing proposition.

  4. What are these people protesting against exactly? Mathematical reality (which right-wingers have been pointing out for years)?

    Actually, the idea that they're protesting against something is giving them far too much credit. They're just having fun breaking stuff and hoping to meet girls.

    Calling these people 'radical' is also wrong – they thrive on the term and speak of the 'radical community'. I prefer the term 'retarded'. Its more precise and exact.

  5. If we take responsiblity for your own finances and retirement, it doesn't matter where the "official" age is to receive a government pension.

    • i agree with you 100% ..other people, like the French protesters believe they have some sort of entitlement and others peoples hard work should pay fro them ..if we want a more progressive society we should cut taxes and increase RRSP and TFSA limits