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Thousands strike in France over pension reforms
September 7, 2010
Thousands of workers across France staged a one-day strike Tuesday to protest government plans to raise the retirement age.
More than 200 demonstrations were planned throughout the country Tuesday to coincide with the walkout.
Workers from both the public and private sectors were on strike, including those in transportation, education, justice, hospitals, media, and banking.
The strike, planned since June, is a reaction to government pension reforms aimed at raising the age of retirement to 62. The maximum retirement age is currently at 60, though some people in hardship posts may retire earlier, depending on the job.
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