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Paris Locked Down Amid Riot Fears
Paris Locked Down
Amid Riot Fears

Paris Locked Down Amid Riot Fears

Eiffel Tower, other sites will be closed

(Newser) - Saturday might not be the best time to take in the sights of Paris: Authorities, fearing a repeat of last week's violent protests, are closing major tourist sites including major museums and the Eiffel Tower, the BBC reports. Thousands of anti-government "gilets jaunes"—"yellow jacket"—...

Strikes Costing France $557M a Day

But pension protests beginning to wane

(Newser) - French workers fighting a plan to raise the retirement age to 62 are costing the country's economy over $500 million a day, the nation's finance minister warned yesterday. Oil refineries have been blocked for nearly two weeks and uncollected garbage has been piling up in several cities—but the protest...

Sarkozy Pleads for Calm as France Erupts
 France Erupts as 1M Protest 

France Erupts as 1M Protest

President promises to get gas flowing again, clamp down on 'troublemakers'

(Newser) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants his striking, rioting countrymen to calm down, act responsibly—and work until they are 62. He issued an appeal for calm yesterday as protests over plans to raise the retirement age continued to rock the country, the Guardian reports. Sarkozy insisted that he has no...

French Youth Join Fight Against Working 'Til Age 62

More than 200 high schools were disrupted yesterday

(Newser) - Protests over plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 have brought much of France to a standstill, and authorities fear the civil unrest is just getting started. Young people have joined the strikes and protests that have disrupted daily life and a wide swath of industry. More...

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