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France says 'get lost' to Sarkozy's pension plan

Last updated on: October 18, 2010 15:05 IST

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A poster of French President Nicolas Sarkozy is seen as private and public sector workers attend a demonstration over pension reform in Bordeaux, southwestern France, on October 16.

A nationwide strike that could hit various industries is planned for Tuesday, a day before the French Senate is due to vote on a bill to make people work longer for their pensions.

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Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters
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Arcelor Mittal steel workers dressed in protective work suits demonstrate over pension reforms in Marseille.

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Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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Private and public sector workers attend a demonstration over pension reform in Paris.

The placard reads, "Here it is: Retirement !".

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Photographs: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
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A demonstrator parading a coffin that says, "Your pension will be here".

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Photographs: Regis Duvignau/Reuters
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A CGT activist demonstrates with his dog in Nice, southeastern France.

The sticker on the head of the dog reads "60 years ! How can I tell ?".

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Photographs: Eric Gaillard/Reuters
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French high school students block the access of the Arago high school in Paris.

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Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters
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Striking sailors demonstrate on a emergency boat in Marseille.

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Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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French SNCF railway workers, wearing hangmen clothes and carrying a coffin, attend a demonstration in Nice, southeastern France.

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Striking refineries workers block the entrance of the DPF oil refinery in Fos sur mer near Marseille.

A strike at the key Mediterranean oil port of Fos Lavera entered its 18th day on Thursday while workers at most refineries were also on strike as part of stoppages across the country that began on Tuesday over government pension reforms.

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Photographs: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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Arcelor Mittal steel workers dressed in protective work suit demonstrate over pension reforms in Marseille October 12, 2010.

French trade unions began a fresh wave of strikes against pension reform on Tuesday, testing the resolve of French government as the unpopular bill edges closer to becoming law.

Rail services, flights and sea ports ran below capacity as the unions kept up their battle against a plan to make people work longer for their pensions, including raising the minimum retirement age to 62 from 60.


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