French pension bill passed

FRANCE’S parliament yesterday gave final backing to a bill to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, a reform that has sparked weeks of strikes and street protests.

The National Assembly approved the final text of the bill in a 336-233 vote, clearing its final hurdle in parliament.

Conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy is not expected to sign it for several weeks.

The vote comes as two straight weeks of pension strikes are losing momentum. But unions plan nationwide street demonstrations and strikes today which are expected to cause new problems for air travellers.

The French system of retirement means individuals have to have had worked for 42 years. This means that the increase of age at 62 years old is unfair for those who began working very young and will have to fulfil more than 42 years.


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