France continues to suffer from the strikes and protests against the government’s plans to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62, and the full state pension age from 65 to 67. This is causing hardship for ordinary people who live and work in France, frustration for the government, bitterness, and anger amongst young people and union members, and reticence on the part of foreign investors and tourists.
Comparisons with May 1968 appear, for the moment, premature, but this latest industrial action seems to me to be more serious than others in recent times (and there have been a few!).
Are the protesters right – is it unnecessary and wrong to increase the retirement age?
Is the government right – is this the best way to pay for the burgeoning state cost for longer life expectancy?
There are two ways for you to let us know how you feel. Quickest and simplest is just to respond to the poll that you should see on the right. The second way is to scroll down to the bottom of this page and enter your own comments – tell us what you think; Have you been directly impacted?