A quarter of France's petrol stations are no longer being supplied with fuel, the French presidency has announced, as pupils begin half-term holidays and the country prepares for another week of strikes and protests over pension reform.
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I find it difficult to believe that so few people have anything to say about what is happening in France. To some people here in England, the idea of raising the pension age to 62 is still lower than it is in England where we have already raised the pension avge to 65. Perhaps the idea of working for over 40 years is anathema to some people, even supposing they can find enjoyable, well-paid employment. Perhaps there really is a tendency amongst right wing governments to favour the rich, if for no other reason, they bring in more taxes!
Maybe the strikers would accept the changes proposed more readily if the President told the nation how much Income Taxes would have to rise if the Pension Age remained unchanged?
No one is forcing you to retire later than 60. You can retire at 35 if you want. You just have to be responsible for your own life and not demand a handout. If your government isn't giving you money until many years after you decide to retire, then just make sure you've planned accordingly with investments, savings and common sense spending.
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