French PM says pension reform to go ahead despite protests

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France's Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Friday that his government would push on with plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 despite a campaign of strikes and street protests.

"Governing means listening to everyone. Governing means respecting everyone. But governing France also sometimes means being able to say 'no'," he told a meeting of his UMP party in the southwestern town of Biarritz.

The comment came a day after hundreds of thousands marched for the second time in a month against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform plans.

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