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Sarkozy defies strikes over pension reforms

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has insisted he will press ahead with pension reforms despite a gathering momentum of strike action.

Oil refineries have been shut for a week, hundreds of petrol stations have run dry and a further day of national strikes is under way.

The BBC's David Chazan said the final vote on the legislation could be delayed.

  • 19 Oct 2010
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