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French unions strike over pension reform

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"French unions staged nationwide strikes on Thursday in protest at government plans to raise the retirement age to 62 and reform state pensions, and organizers predicted more than a million workers would take to the streets. The day of action was a key test of strength between the unions and President Nicolas Sarkozy, who needs to slash a ballooning budget deficit and public debt to help the country maintain its precious triple-A sovereign debt rating. Thousands of transport workers walked off the job, hitting train, plane, metro and bus services, while civil servants, teachers and some private sector staff also went on strike."
SOURCE:   Reuters