More strikes, protests in France against Sarkozy's pension reform
Opponents of French President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform are staging another day of nationwide strikes and demonstrations Thursday, one day after the French parliament passed the measure, DPA reported.
However, the seventh such protest since September 7 is likely to be relatively modest, as the passage of the bill has taken the wind out of the sails of the trade unions.
The state-run rail system SNCF said it expected about four of five scheduled high-speed TGV trains to be operating, as well as about half of all regional trains.
However, air traffic will suffer serious disruptions, with between 30 to 50 per cent of scheduled flights to be scrubbed, according to the French civil aviation authority DGAC.
But street protests are unlikely to draw the millions of people that previous demonstrations did, if only because many families are away from home on holiday. More demonstrations have been scheduled for November 6.
The reform is expected to become law in mid-November, after a review by the Constitutional Council, and will go into effect in the middle of next year.
It gradually raises the retirement age for a minimum pension from 60 to 62, and from 65 to 67 for a full pension, by the year 2018.