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Strikes grip France for sixth day

Pressure grows on Sarkozy government to reverse pension reforms


 

Protests gripped France again on Tuesday as 3.5 million people marched against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension reform, which would raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018. This marks the sixth day of national action since early September. The chaos in France’s streets has been accompanied by strikes in the transport and education sectors. Thousands of gas stations have run dry, as a strike at France’s oil refineries went into a seventh day. Meanwhile, protesters have seen their share of violence. A middle school in the city of Le Mans burned down overnight and police suspect arson. Shops were looted in Lyon, and cars were set on fire in a Paris suburb. There have been clashes between police and protesting youths in a number of cities, and several police officers and a news photographer were injured in the skirmishes. A strike of railway workers also hit day seven, so about one-half of all scheduled trains were not operating.

Toronto Star


 
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Strikes grip France for sixth day

  1. Smart of French not to let their country turn into a Chinese sweat shop. If people retire at age 60 there will be more higher paying jobs for young people. I wish people here would do the same and fight for their rights instead of being passive. Its a lie that there is not enough money for all people to retire at 60. You can fool people some of the time but not all of the time. Go France Go! Vive Le France!

  2. The raising of retirement age is inevitable, in my opinion. There just won't be enough young people left to allow everyone to retire at 60. These ages were set decades ago and need to be updated (don't get me wrong, I don't want to work any longer than I have to, but lets be realistic).

  3. They're "entitled to their entitlements" – they sound like corrupt Liberals! LOL!
    If they think it's bad now, just wait until they can't afford to pay their immigrant welfare class – that's gonna be violent – bloody violent, not the run-of-the-mill break store windows violent. Looks good on'em, congratulations France.

  4. The trouble is with social spending is that it becomes addictive. People forget there were times that they fended for themselves because there as no government program to let them rest their laurels upon.
    So once the money dries up, them what? You can't tax a shrinking tax base forever before it 's depleted.
    The part I found noteworthy is that the changes won't take effect for almost eight years. So it has little to do with approaching retirees in France but the next generation behind them.

  5. At least the French still care about their country.

    In 2008, facing unholy insurrection by traitors and ungodly socialists, Canadians poured into the streets by the quarter-dozen to protest, in the under-hundreds, against this illegitimate power grab. Supporters of the move turned out in the half-dozen. Parliament and its democratic will were suspended to avoid the issue, and no one really cared.

    • When was the last time you saw Canadian conservatives (not the party, but conservative-minded people) protest anything? There's better ways to get things done than standing with a sign yelling about something.

      • The UofC has a pro-choice group that protests every year. You can bet that they damn well raise awareness for their cause.

        • Yeah, fair point. I forgot about those people. I don't care for those kinds of protests either.

      • There was the Reform Party. Organizing and 'yelling' about something set things in motion and had an impact. Perhaps that failure has left them demoralized to grass roots driven protest, but I doubt it as no one on the political spectrum took action except for politicians, navel-gazing media and about 50,000 people.

        The people chose not to take action while their democracy was being debased in a very public way. For that I envy the voice French people give themselves. Actions speak louder than words (and all those kind of metaphors).

    • Caring about your country means shutting down its infrastructure due to a 2 year increase in retirement age over 8 years to avert financial calamity? Just a heads up, socialism has failed in its every attempt. When a countries finances fail, so does its humanity.

  6. Frenchmen on strike. What's the world coming to?

  7. Doesn't matter how many examples of the pitfalls of socialism people still want it so Mommy government will look after them. I can't understand the young protesting as they are the ones who will be paying the exorbitant taxes to cover the bill for their entire working lives. Canada will ultimately face this, particularly with a bloated, over-paid civil service. Otherwise private sector workers will be little more than slaves paying the grotesque pensions for government workers.

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