France's Sarkozy vows to push on with reforms

13th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday reaffirmed his determination to raise the retirement age despite protests, vowing to push on with reforms for the rest of his term, lawmakers said.

Sarkozy told a lunch of right-wing lawmakers the government "can could go no further" in making concessions to those who oppose his bill to raise the standard retirement age from 60 to 62, people at the meeting told AFP.

More than a million people joined street protests and strikes against the measure on Tuesday, while the Senate continued to debate the bill after definitively passing key part of it.

The law is a key part of Sarkozy's reform agenda as he eyes re-election in 2012.

"Until the end of my mandate, I will put new ideas and reforms on the table," Sarkozy said, indicating that he would pursue changes to justice and inheritance tax laws and global governance reforms, according to lawmakers.

Sarkozy has vowed to push for global reforms when France holds the presidency of the G20 grouping of economic powers for a year from November.

© 2010 AFP

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