French PM says pension reform to go ahead despite protests
France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday that his government would push on with plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 despite a campaign of strikes and street protests.
"Governing means listening to everyone. Governing means respecting everyone. But governing France also sometimes means being able to say 'no'," he told a meeting of his UMP party in the southwestern town of Biarritz.
The comment came a day after hundreds of thousands marched for the second time in a month against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform plans.
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