450,000 protestors ahead of main Paris rally: official
Around 450,000 workers marched in cities across France on Tuesday even before the main rally began in Paris to challenge President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age, officials said.
Midday figures provided by the interior ministry matched the numbers who had turned out at the same time in a similar protest held on June 24.
The Paris rally, expected to draw hundreds of thousands of protestors, was due to start at 1200 GMT.
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