The French government has set up a crisis cabinet to deal with the situation.
In the Normandy coastal resort of Deauville for a tri-partite summit with Germany and Russia, Sarkozy refused to make any concessions:
“Of course there is concern that all this will get out of hand. We are taking the protests seriously. But the biggest mistake I could make would be to not do my job and not ensure the financing of pensions for today and tomorrow.”
Experts think that Sarkozy is hoping the the storm over the reform will blow itself out and the reform wil be quietly enacted into law.