French unions call new anti-reform strike for September 23

8th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

French unions on Wednesday called a fresh day of strikes for September 23 to challenge a plan to raise the retirement age, one day after more than a million people took to the street in protest.

Six major unions issued a joint statement saying they were not satisfied by the minor modifications offered by President Nicolas Sarkozy to his plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62 by 2018.

They called on French workers to make September 23 "a major day of strikes and demonstrations" to fight the reform, a cornerstone of Sarkozy's agenda as he eyes the next presidential election in 2012.

© 2010 AFP

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