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Slow progress for Sarkozy pension bill in Senate

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France’s Senate is working its way through hundreds of amendments to the unpopular pension bill as opposition members do their best to delay its adoption.

There is little doubt the legislation will be approved. But a vote originally due to happen today could now come late on Friday, at the weekend or even be put off until Monday.

Last-ditch attempts to prevent the raising of the retirement age are continuing outside the chamber where opponents of the plan have been rallying.

The stakes could not be higher. The upheaval of the pension system is seen as the defining reform of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency.

He will be hoping the protests will gradually fizzle out. The challenge for demonstrators is to make sure that does not happen.