French protests half as big as at peak: government

28th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A day of mass protest against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform attracted 560,000 marchers across France, roughly half as many as when the movement was at its peak, police said Thursday.

As usual, union leaders gave a much larger turnout estimate, but their number was also much lower than their reports for previous rallies.

The powerful CGT union said that around two million people took part in 270 demonstrations nationwide on the ninth day of action against the bill to raise minimum retirement from 60 to 62 that was passed by parliament on Wednesday.

Unions said 3.5 million took part in the last protest on October 19.

© 2010 AFP

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