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French day of disruption but is support waning?

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French day of disruption but is support waning?


French workers are holding a seventh national day of action against unpopular pension reforms but disruption to air and rail travel is expected to be far less than on previous days.

Some flights and rail services will be affected but the main problem of fuel shortages at petrol stations appears to be nearly over.

Yesterday the country’s National Assembly easily approved the controversial bill to raise the minimum and full retirement ages by two years to 62 and 67.
But the legislation still needs to be approved by the constitutional court before President Nicolas Sarkozy can sign it off next month.

In the meantime trade unionists are hoping thousands will attend rallies of protest in towns and cities throughout France, but turnout is likely to be lower than before as support for strike action wanes.

Sarkozy will be hoping the last few weeks of confrontation are almost over and that his record low approval rating will rise again. Supporters say there is a silent majority in the country which views him as a much needed reformer.

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