French parliament adopts contested pension reform
The French parliament on Wednesday adopted President Nicolas Sarkozy's law on pension reform after a final vote by MPs of 336 for and 233 against despite weeks of nationwide protests and strikes.
The National Assembly voted the final draft of the law, which will increase France's minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, amid ongoing protests that have threatened to bring the country to a standstill.
Sarkozy must now sign off on the law and publish it in the official gazette, which a presidential advisor has said will happen on or around November 15.
Unions have nevertheless called for a ninth day of action on Thursday, including strikes and protest marches in more than 100 towns and cities, and another day of "family rallies" is planned for November 6.
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