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French Left Captures Senate

Major right-wing loss spells trouble for conservatives

(Newser) - Socialists and other left-wing parties captured the French Senate in yesterday's elections for the first time since the founding of the Fifth Republic in 1958, reports the BBC . France's sputtering economy and high unemployment, combined with divisions among the right, caused the dramatic shift. This "will go... More »

French Senate Approves Raising Retirement Age

Unions say they'll never accept it

(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... More »

French Cops Force Open Blockaded Fuel Depot

Workers have been camped at site for 10 days

(Newser) - French riot police forced open a strategic fuel refinery today that had been a bastion of resistance to President Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age to 62, pushing striking workers aside with shields in a bid to end gasoline shortages. The operation came as the French Senate prepared to... More »

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