Over a half million workers demonstrated and millions more stopped work April 3 to defend retirement rights being threatened by the goverenment of France. More than 80 percent of air flights, 50 percent of trains, and two thirds of the Paris metro system were shut down. Over half of the country’s teachers struck, forcing the closure of many schools. The demonstrators called for maintaining full retirement rights at age 60, a right won in 1982. The protesters also demanded that full retirement benefits be granted after 37 and 1/2 years of work.
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