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French Unions Call Strikes as Sarkozy Holds Firm on Pensions

French unions called for a day of strikes on Sept. 23 following yesterday’s demonstrations to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the retirement age.

Sarkozy earlier today vowed not to budge on increasing the retirement age to 62 from 60, the main plank of a proposed pension overhaul. He agreed to allow some in physically demanding jobs to retire early.