France’s Constitutional Council approved President Nicolas Sarkozy’s pension bill yesterday, clearing the last hurdle to a controversial reform that will raise the retirement age by two years to stem a huge pension deficit.Despite a late challenge by the opposition Socialist party, the council ruled that the proposed pension law does not breach constitutional rules. It is likely to be signed into law by Sarkozy in the next few days.Fierce opposition by trade unions and the French public, who staged the most sustained of a wave of protests in Europe against austerity measures, turned the pension reform into the biggest battle of Sarkozy’s presidency.Long-running port and refinery strikes that badly disrupted fuel supplies failed to stop parliament passing the pension bill last month, in a victory for the conservative president as he tries to reassure financial markets that France can tackle its public deficit.Sarkozy’s popularity ratings are at rock-bottom 18 months ahead of a presidential election, but pushing through a reform of the pension system where other governments gave in to unions has bolstered his standing within his centre-right UMP party.Turnout has flagged at recent street marches against the reform, which will gradually raise the minimum and fully pensionable retirement ages by two years to 62 and 67 respectively.France’s main trade unions agreed late on Monday to call for a day of localised action on 23 November against the reform that could include small-scale work stoppages and workplace meetings, but their meeting made clear that momentum for large-scale nationwide protests over the pension law has waned. France passes controversial pensions bill whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Tags: NULL KCS-content Tuesday 9 November 2010 7:25 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm
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