French opposition challenges pensions reform

2nd November 2010, Comments 0 comments

French opposition Socialist lawmakers launched a constitutional challenge on Tuesday to President Nicolas Sarkozy's retirement reform, which was passed after weeks of protests.

"This reform harms the principals of equality," the Socialists said in the suit filed at France's Constitutional Council, a copy of which was seen by AFP.

The Socialists are attempting to overturn the reform which will raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 from next year.

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. The government refused to budge and the law was passed last week.

The party's spokesman Benoit Hamon said it was challenging the bill on grounds of unequal treatment for different categories of worker and also on procedural grounds, accusing its rivals of rushing it through parliament.

At least one more day of action is planned on November 6 despite parliament approving the measures, which aides say Sarkozy intends to sign into law on or around November 15.

© 2010 AFP

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