French police fire tear gas at anti-reform school protest

18th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

French riot police fired tear gas Monday at youths who set a car on fire, smashed bus stops and threw stones outside a school in a Paris suburb blocked by students protesting pension reforms.

Violence erupted after around 300 students tried to blockade the Joliot-Curie lycee in Nanterre, one of 261 schools across France that officials said were affected by protests against raising retirement age to 62.

The student protests are part of nationwide action against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reforms that have brought millions onto the streets in recent weeks to protest.

© 2010 AFP

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