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    Default France nears boiling-point as three million take to streets

    The French know how to protes - not us meek & mild lot.

    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.
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    When oh when will it happen here?
    If you continue to elect idiots in elections, don't be surprised when the result is an idiotic government.

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    Never, Irish people are stupid and cowardly.

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    There were some attempt ages ago - the public sector strike, and the weekly protests outside the Dail, but we were too busy turning on each other to notice the opportunities.

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    And the two of you are outside the dail now with you placards yes ?
    The true "front line workers" are the private sector paye employees who are first to take the bullet. Cannon fodder for their state and the public sector.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wexfordman View Post
    And the two of you are outside the dail now with you placards yes ?
    I'm sure I did a lot more than you douchebag.

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    by the 5th post the bickering starts - J26, you are a prophet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wexfordman View Post
    And the two of you are outside the dail now with you placards yes ?
    I wouldn't be able to afford the train fare to Dublin every week, but I've been at every local protest and some Dublin ones.

    What have you done?

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    The state pensions budget is already 32bn in deficit. With people living longer and fewer young people in the workforce, the annual losses will more than double in the next 20 years.

    The young marchers made it clear that they were "sick" with Mr Sarkozy's presidency -- especially his campaign against Roma immigrants.
    Glad to see that bit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by galleyslave View Post
    by the 5th post the bickering starts - J26, you are a prophet!
    Actually it started in the 4th.

    I'm one of the people the FF scumbags on this site wanted batonned off the streets by the public order unit. I'm not taking any crap from the likes of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dresden8 View Post
    Actually it started in the 4th.

    I'm one of the people the FF scumbags on this site wanted batonned off the streets by the public order unit. I'm not taking any crap from the likes of him.
    no it didnt...petunia

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