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World  |  October 02, 2010 15:53:47

French demonstrate against the government's pension reform, unions expect the participation of three million people


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PARIS (MEDIAFAX) - Families with children, students and private sector employees participating in Saturday's mass demonstration against the French government plan to reform the pension system. Informed Reuters that with the fact that unions expect in the streets of Paris, will protest three million people.

Saturday's protests are the fourth demonstration against the law to raise retirement. The bill has a French Senate on Tuesday.

Across the country, to take place at 230 demonstrations that followed a mass demonstration at the end of September. While the unions consider it unfair pension reform, as President Nicolas Sarkozy is necessary.

"We are here today more than before," he told Reuters Xavier Petrachi, a delegate CGT trade union headquarters in Toulouse. "Got a real family touch, there are people with prams. Protests all France," he added.

Trade centers planned another demonstration on the 12th October and hope that Saturday's protests will support 2 to 3,000,000 people.

According to a survey published by French newspaper L'Humanité, supports the protests to 70 percent of the country.

Against government reforms, however, protesting trade unionists across Europe. Individual European countries while trying to solve the serious problems associated with public debt, which was fully demonstrated during the worst economic recession since World War II.

"We have to show their strength," said the head of the radical trade union Force Ouvriere Jean-Claude Mailly. "The Government just looks on, trying to meet Brussels' three per cent target and financial markets are under her thumb," he added.

According to the government but the changes are necessary to prevent a growing deficit of the PAYG pension system to reduce the growing public debt and maintain a credit rating of AAA at France, which allows it to get financial markets to borrow at low interest rates.

A wave of demonstrations and strikes of 23 September this year, significantly disrupted air and public transport in the country.

According to government plan, the minimum limit for retirement should move from the current 60 to 62 years. Retirement full pension should be increased from 65 to 67 years.Pension reform is a major part of the plan even the French government finance system in 2018.

"I listen to the protesters, I understand their anger, but the role of head of state is to fulfill its obligations," Sarkozy said on Friday. "Pension reform and budget cuts are necessary for our own competitiveness," said the French president.

Striking dock workers have paralyzed the largest French port of Marseille and in the larger cities in Corsica stopped pumping station due to low inventory to sell oil.

David Vandrovec, vandrovec@mediafax.cz

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