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Thousands protest in France over pension reforms

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Thousands protest in France over pension reforms


France has hit the streets to protest against pension reforms.

The proposed changes could see the pay-in period for contributions increased to 43 years by 2035, up from 41.5.

The savings will help the government cut the public deficit.

Thousands also hit the streets in Marseille as the country held its first pension protests under the government of François Hollande.

Meanwhile the European Commission has urged Hollande not to let the reforms – which will be debated in the French parliament next month – push up labour costs.

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