Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Men's Fall/Winter 2015, freedom of speech triumphs

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2015: Businesses 'cautiously optimistic' in Japan

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Twitter storm as IMF boss Christine Lagarde hails Saudi King Abdullah as 'strong advocate of women'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR CONGO: Senate amends controversial constitutional law

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Pope Family Planning: Heated Debate over Pontiff's 'Rabbit' Comments (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Succession, Stability and Youth in Question (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France tackles terror

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric: 'France is on a better track'

Read more

DEBATE

Davos debate: Can big business agree on climate deal? (part 2)

Read more

France

Senate approves pension reform draft, bill heads for final vote

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-26

The French Senate approved a pension reform bill on Tuesday, bringing the draft one step closer to law, despite weeks of nationwide protest against the reform. The text will come before the National Assembly on Wednesday for a final vote.

AFP - The French Senate confirmed Tuesday its vote to approve the final draft of President Nicolas Sarkozy's fiercely-contested bill to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
   

The bill, which passed by 177 votes to 151, will now go to the lower house, the National Assembly, which is expected to formally adopt it on Wednesday, opening the way for Sarkozy to sign it into law.
   
"It's a historic vote," boasted Labour Minister Eric Woerth, hailing a victory for the government after a debate that lasted 143 hours spread over 16 days against a backdrop of street protests and strikes.
   
On Monday, Sarkozy's chief advisor on social affairs had said that the president would enact the law and place it in the official gazette on or around November 15.
   
Trade unions, meanwhile, are preparing another round of protests, starting with a national day of strikes and rallies on Thursday, to try to persuade Sarkozy to drop or dilute the law before it comes into effect.

 

Date created : 2010-10-26

  • FRANCE

    Students called to protest as pensions bill reaches final stage

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French pension reform bill moves closer to law

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Rampant strikes threaten economic recovery, says govt

    Read more

COMMENT(S)