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French unions call more strikes


French unions on Thursday called two more strike days over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s planned retirement reforms.

General strikes and protests will be held on October 28 and November 6.

The reform measure, which would raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62, has already sparked 10 days of protests, strikes, and blockades of fuel depots that have led to fuel shortages and government intervention to ensure supplies in key sectors.

The call by unions came after another day of unrest across France that saw protesters clash with police.

More than a million people took to the streets on Tuesday, the sixth day of action since early September.

The Senate is expected to vote on the text by the weekend.

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