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France Paralyzed by General Strike

Posted on June 25 2010 4:44 am
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by Vaiju Naravane

France was paralysed on Thursday by a crippling general strike in protest at the government’s decision to rise the retirement age from 60 to 62. The strike call was given by the country’s eight major trade unions and 200 demonstrations across the country brought forth an estimated two million persons.

The cortege in Paris showed an unending sea of marchers bearing banners, red flags and satirical portraits of President Nicolas Sarkozy from Place Denfert Rochereau all the way to the Place de la Republique.

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