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French senate passes pension bill

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French senate passes pension bill


The French senate has adopted the controversial pension reform bill.

Amid strikes and social unrest over the plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, the government used a special measure to speed up the voting process. Senators voted 177 to 153 to pass the legislation.

Now the bill will go to a joint parliamentary commission that will rubber stamp changes from the original text. The final step will then be a definitive vote in parliament, by next Wednesday at the latest.

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