French airports, drivers hit by new strikes

October 19, 2010 09:17

PARIS — French airports have curtailed flights and drivers are lining up for gasoline on a new day of nationwide strikes and protests over a bill raising the retirement age to 62.

Workers in sectors across the French economy joined in strikes Tuesday after a week of disruptions by oil refinery workers and students.Labor unions plan protests to try to push the government to scrap the pension reform.

Airlines flying into France were ordered to slash schedules because of Tuesday's strike. The Paris airport authority says on its website that the strike is causing "serious difficulties."

President Nicolas Sarkozy calls the reform the only way to save France's pension system.

Socialist Party spokesman Benoit Hamon says Tuesday's actions are a "trial of strength."

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