Million-plus protest in France as tensions flare over pension reform

I don’t know anything about this, but this article caught my eye. Maybe people here know about it.

There’s lot to love about France and in general I admire the French people’s willingness to demonstrate about important issues. These public outcries can thwart politicians plans.
Having said that, the retirement expectations in France do seem to be unrealistic. With the average life expectancy so high and thus the risk of more years being retired than earning. This is worse for many state jobs - railway workers, government staff - getting to retire at 55.

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Not something that will be reported in any depth on the MSM here butterscotch. Blink and many will miss it. You need to go on twitter if you really want to know what’s happening in the world, and how we are all being shafted.

Yep Foxy, I could be wrong here but I think the French can retire at 61 presently and plan was to raise this to 63, well, look what’s happened to the ladies here in Blighty, ten years ago the Wife would have been getting her state pension at 60 years old, now she has to wait till 66 and no one blinked an eyelid.
Go for it you French Folks. :grin:

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Make that 62 to 64.

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It was pretty hard uniting the working class in the 70s Foxy, there ain’t a cat in hells chance of doing it now. :joy:

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Between October 1978 and February 1979 Britain experienced a wave of strikes on a scale that hadn’t been seen since the General Strike of 1926. First Ford workers, then lorry drivers, council workers and NHS staff all walked out causing severe disruption to public services. This series of events came to be known as “the Winter of Discontent”. This phrase, borrowed from Shakespeare’s play Richard III, and the events it described continue to have considerable impact on British culture even now. Politicians are still launching arguments, particularly about the role of trade unionism and socialism in British history, based around a folk memory of the period. Newspaper commentators and politicians often invoke the spectre of the 1970s via images of uncollected rubbish piling up in Leicester Square or references to a gravediggers’ strike that affected Liverpool and Tameside for two weeks in 1979.

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