French unions call two more days of mass strikes, protests

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French unions called for two new days of mass strikes and street protests to be held next Thursday and on November 6 to fight against President Nicolas Sarkozy's bid to raise the retirement age.

The call by the main labour unions came after another day of unrest across France that saw protestors blocking key sites and clashing with police.

More than a million people took to the streets on Tuesday, the sixth day of action since early September, to protest the unpopular plan to raise the standard minimum retirement from 60 to 62 and full pension payments from 65 to 67.

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