French unions call new protests against reforms

8th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

French unions on Monday called a new day of action on November 23 against President Nicolas Sarkozy's retirement reform in a bid to revive weeks of protests.

Action against the reforms, which was passed by parliament earlier this month, could take the form of work stoppages, rallies or meetings, a joint statement from prominent French unions said.

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, raising the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, was passed last week.

Aides say Sarkozy intends to sign the measures into law around November 15.

© 2010 AFP

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