French constitutional court passes Sarkozy pension law
France's constitutional court on Tuesday approved President Nicolas Sarkozy's retirement reform bill that has drawn millions onto the streets in weeks of protests, and he now has 15 days to sign it into law.
The court gave its approval after parliament passed the law's final version on October 27, including the key measures to raise the standard retirement age from 60 to 62 and the full state pension age from 65 to 67.
However, the court ruled that 13 articles on reform of workplace healthcare, which were unconnected to the main bill and added on as amendments, were unconstitutional.
Socialist and other opposition parties had brought the bill before the court on November 2, arguing that it went against French principles of equality, but the court said in a statement that was not the case.
Unions have called a new day of action on November 23 against the law in a bid to revive weeks of protests.
Action against the reforms could take the form of work stoppages, rallies or meetings, prominent French unions said on Monday.
The law, a key part of Sarkozy's reform agenda as he eyes re-election in 2012, sparked weeks of strikes and mass protests last month, causing fuel shortages.
Aides have said Sarkozy intends to sign the measures into law around November 15.
© 2010 AFP