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Senate approves raising pilot retirement age to 65

The French Senate has approved a measure raising the retirement age for pilots from 60 to 65 despite a four-day strike to protest the change that caused widespread disruption to Air France services.

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French lawmakers approved Tuesday raising the retirement age of pilots from 60 to 65 despite a four-day strike that caused havoc for Air France's operations.

The French Senate approved the measure by a vote of 200 to 139 in a late night session. The measure has already been approved by the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly.

The measure includes a compromise reached after the strike began on Friday that would allow pilots to continue to retire at 60 if they choose.

However the pilots refused to cut short their strike, which forced Air France to cancel half of its short- and medium-haul flights and a quarter of long-haul services on Monday.

Service was set to return to normal on Tuesday.

Air France has put the cost of the strike at about 100 million euros (126 million dollars) after it was forced to cancel hundreds of flights over the four-day strike.

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