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Shimon Peres: 'a man of many faces'

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The Legacy of Shimon Peres: The last of Israel's founding generation (part 1)

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The Legacy of Shimon Peres: What's left of the Oslo Accords? (part 2)

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Ex-CIA director 'very worried' by prospect of Trump presidency

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Migrant crisis: A political football in France?

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Will France repatriate its collection of 19th century Algerian skulls?

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Film show: 'The Dancer', 'Aquarius' and 'Dogs'

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War in Syria: Residents recount ordeal of life in Aleppo

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Shimon Peres’ Quixotic battle for Israeli-Palestinian peace

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Latest update 23/10/2010

Special report: France's pension battle

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has earmarked pension reform as the last flagship policy of his conflict-riddled mandate. A controversial push to raise the legal retirement age has clashed head on with France's notoriously stubborn and powerful unions. A necessary change for some, an injustice for others, pensions reform is a hot-button issue whose success or demise will have profound consequences for France's generous welfare system.

Background
Sarkozy vows to raise pension age despite protests

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Sarkozy official seeks appeasement ahead of protests

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Govt and unions ready for pension reform battle

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Govt approves draft law to raise retirement age to 62

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Unions stage protests against plans for retirement age hike

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Government unveils pension reform amid union discontent

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