French protests wane as Senate approves pension bill
Demonstrations and strike action against pension reforms in France have petered out as the controversial bill was approved by the Senate.
Trade union leaders insisted the fight to stop the minimum retirement age being raised from 60 to 62 was not ending, but "taking different forms".
The upper house of parliament approved the final version of the pensions bill by 177 votes to 151, paving the way for the lower house, the National Assembly, to cast its vote on Wednesday.
Hugh Schofield reports.
26 Oct 2010