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French Senate Passes Sarkozy Bill Raising Retirement

France’s Senate approved President Nicolas Sarkozy’s bill to raise the retirement age by two years as labor unions promised to maintain their protests for an eighth week.

Lawmakers in the Sarkozy-controlled upper house of Parliament voted 177 to 153 late yesterday, clearing the way for final passage. A comparable measure was approved by the National Assembly on Sept. 15. A panel comprising members of both chambers is scheduled to meet Oct. 25 to merge the bills.