- Aug 27, 2009
BBC News - French Senate passes pension bill
The unions are unhappy. Still occupying 11 petrol depots, despite 1 of them being cleared out earlier. They've also scheduled 2 more strike days on 28 October and 6 November. So lots of fun ahead in France.The French Senate has passed a controversial pension reform bill, which has caused a series of strikes and protests around France.
The senators approved President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and it could become law as early as next week.
Mr Sarkozy says the measure is necessary to reduce the deficit.