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Strike in France set to cripple services

French trade unions have launched their second 24-hour strike in a month to try to halt President Sarkozy's attempt to increase the official retirement age from 60 to 62.

Widespread disruption of transport networks, schools and postal services is expected.

The government says the reform is essential if it is to reduce debt.

The BBC's Christian Fraser reports from Paris.

  • 23 Sep 2010
  • From the section Europe
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