French Senate Approves Raising Retirement Age

Unions say they'll never accept it
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 22, 2010 3:14 PM CDT
French Labor Minister Eric Woerth, center, leaves after the vote at the Senate in Paris, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – The chaos in France won't be subsiding any time soon: The French Senate today approved Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, reports Bloomberg. That all but makes certain the measure will become law, possibly next week—a fact that doesn't mean much to the nation's trade unions. "We will never accept it," says the leader of one major federation. “Just because a law has been voted through doesn’t mean we just say: ‘Oh, too bad.’” More details at the BBC.

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