The French know how to protes - not us meek & mild lot.
Full article here.FRANCE'S President Nicolas Sarkozy could face the greatest challenge of his presidency in the next few days as a month-old protest against pension reform swells toward outright confrontation.
More than three million demonstrators marched yesterday against the president's plans to raise the standard retirement age from 60 to 62. Tens of thousands of students joined the marches, threatening to radicalise the protests against a deeply unpopular presidency.
Militant union branches in the railway and oil-refining industries were pushing last night for a showdown with Mr Sarkozy, who has made reform of the loss-making state pension system the make-or-break issue of his final 20 months in office.
After a series of 24-hour strikes in the past six weeks, militant workers were expected to vote last night and this morning for the kind of open-ended stoppages that have overturned previous attempts to reform the French social system.
When oh when will it happen here?