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France disrupted by national strike over pension age

Protesters have taken to the streets to demonstrate against the government's austerity measures, causing widespread disruption to public transport in France.

The rallies come as a 24-hour national strike has disrupted flight and rail services, and closed schools.

About 50 percent of trains have been affected, flights have been disrupted and universities and schools closed. French unions are protesting against raising the retirement age to sixty-two and against planned pension reforms.

The BBC's Christian Fraser describes the scenes in Paris where thousands have turned out to demonstrate.

  • 07 Sep 2010
  • From the section Europe
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