Do you agree that the French pension age needs to rise?

  • Yes, but 2 years is not enough (67%, 8 Votes)
  • Yes, 2 years is about right (25%, 3 Votes)
  • No (8%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't know (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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France continues to suffer from the strikes and protests against the governments 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!).

We have already touched on a few of the issues in others posts on this blog (No panic petrol buying and Sarkozy vs. Oil Refinery Workers), but, what’s the answer?

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?

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Martin Jarvis is a <a href="" rel="author">professional web developer and a WordPress expert</a>, with a passion for all things "France" - including his lovely wife Nadine! With a french wife, a house on the border of Brittany and the Pays de la Loire, an aunt in Paris, his wifes family in Bordeaux, and a dear friend on the Cote d'Azur, Martin is well placed to comment on France from the point of view of an Englishman. Hopefully, this interest in France and his experience as a developer and marketer of websites will help make this site invaluable to francophiles everywhere. Please visit <a href="" rel="me">Martin Jarvis on Google+</a> too.

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