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    Posted November 8, 2010 by
    paris, France
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Pension strikes in France

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    ..Work until Asphyxiated...


        Saturday November 6,...according to union organizers 1,200,000 people protested nation-wide, 100,000 in Paris on a rain-soaked cold afternoon against the proposal which has already been approved by the French Parliament and will probably be signed into law this week  by President Nicholas Sarkozy.  This may be the last in a series of  protests which have occurred over the past month... some of which have drawn, according to organizers, more than 3 million protesters.  In general, the proposal  will extend the age of retirement from the age of 60 to 62 gradually, over an 8 year period for people who have worked full-time for 41 years..The retirement benfits will be calculated at 66% of  salary earned yearly and averaged over the last 15 years of employment.


       Workers feel there are other means the government can use to raise money needed to pay for the ballooning budeget deficit...a problem faced by most European countries and the United States.  The deficit is 7.5% of the GDP...about $200 billion and twice as high as the permissible sum agreed upon by the EEU.


    photo:1..To work until asphyxiated.

    ...........4..PS..Socialist Party

    ...........5..enough power of the oligarchy (referring to the power of "the rich")

    ...........6..TOTAL refinery... one of the refineries on strike last week which was forceably opened by police during a petrol shortage.

    ...........9..60 years..in how many languages must I tell you?


       My previous report regarding this manifestation can be viewed at:



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