France hit by new wave of mass pension protests

October 16, 2010 15:26

A fifth day of protests in France against proposed pension reforms has brought 825,000 people on to the streets, police say, although unions put the figure at 2.5m to 3m.



Most oil refineries have been hit by strike action, causing fuel shortages at some airports and filling stations.

However, some 10% of filling stations have run out of petrol and panic buying has broken out in some areas.

In 1995, three continual weeks of strikes by public and transport workers forced the government to abandon plans for economic reforms, including raising the retirement age.


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