2.5 million protest French pension reform: union

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Some 2.5 million strikers turned out to march in rallies across France to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to increase the retirement age from 60 to 62, the CFDT trade union estimated Tuesday.

As is traditional in France, official turnout estimates were much lower than the organisers claimed, but interim figures from both police and unions were higher Tuesday than on a similar day of mobilisation in June.

Then police estimated the final total at 800,000 protesters and labour leaders at two million, and reports from around France suggested that the rival numbers for the latest strike day would match or exceed these totals.

© 2010 AFP

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