French protest against pension reform

– More than one million people, according to the Government, and 2.5 million, according to the unions, took to the streets in France during a new day of protests and strikes, which they promise will continue today aginast President Nicolas Sarkozy’s project to raise the minimum pension age from 60 to 62.

Eight unions called for over 200 demonstrations across the country opposing a project that includes increasing the legal retirement age from 60 to 62 years and an increase the full pension age from 65 to 67.

Multi-colored flags and balloons dotted the columns of demonstrators prepared to defend their retirement at 60 years, one of the flagship achievements of the socialist president Francois Mitterrand (1981-1995) which Sarkozy has questioned based on its alleged unsustainable character.

The current French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, stated that to adopt this reform “is a courageous decision,” stressing that it is necessary to increase the retirement age to 62 years specially when you consider that “since 1950 citizens have gained 15 years in terms of life expectancy.”

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