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French MPs begin debating controversial pensions bill

Paris - The battle over the French government's pension reforms moved from the street to parliament on Monday, with the opposition vowing to torpedo an overhaul that sparked weeks of strikes and protests.

'Open bar' for rats as Paris pension strikes hit waste collection

Paris - France's trains may be running again but the whiff of discontent over the government's pension reforms still hangs thick in the air as a waste disposal strike begins to bite.

French govt, unions kick off talks on tackling pension deficit

Paris - Union leaders met French officials Thursday to figure out how to find billions of euros needed to plug pension deficits, the latest phase in a hotly contested overhaul of the system that sparked the country's longest transport strike in decades.

Protests across France against pensions overhaul

Paris - Protesters again poured into streets across France on Friday hoping to derail a hotly contested pension overhaul, whose fate will soon be in the hands of lawmakers after weeks of crippling transport strikes.

French unions face moment of truth in fight over pensions

Paris - French protesters prepared to hit the streets on Friday for a fresh day of demonstrations against the government's pension reform, which will be officially unveiled after weeks of strikes by unions warning that millions of people will have to work lon...

French unions try to keep pension protest alive as deadline looms

Paris - Hardline French unions on Wednesday kept up a series of wildcat strikes aimed at ratcheting up pressure on the government before it presents the final version of a pension reform that has prompted France's biggest labour protest in decades.

Tensions flare in French protests as pension dispute grinds on

Paris - Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to streets across France on Thursday in the latest mass protests against a pensions overhaul that critics say could cut benefits even while requiring people to work longer before retiring.

Millions pledged in funds for striking French workers

Paris - Supporters of the strikes that have paralysed public transport in Paris have pledged over 3 million euros in support for workers going without pay over the past month, according to an estimate Thursday.

French pension talks resume as govt seeks to end standoff

Paris - French officials prepared to restart talks with unions Tuesday over a pension overhaul that has sparked the country's longest transport strikes in decades, which labour leaders say could force millions of people to retire later than they thought.

On Day 29, French rail strike makes history

Paris - A labour walkout that has frustrated Paris commuters and marooned thousands of holiday travellers in France dragged into its 29th day on Thursday, becoming the country's longest continuous railway strike with no end in sight.

Macron vows to push through pension overhaul despite strike

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron called Tuesday for a "rapid compromise" with unions over a pensions overhaul that has sparked one of the country's biggest transport strikes in decades.

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation Tuesday in a bid to win support for a pension overhaul that has prompted the biggest transport strike in decades, upending travel plans for thousands over the holidays.

Union boss defiant as record French strike enters fourth week

Paris - The head of a hardline French trade union on Friday vowed to press on with a crippling strike that has cast a shadow over Christmas celebrations, with the stoppages entering a fourth week and becoming the longest-lasting such action since the 1980s.

Union boss defiant on France's longest strike in decades

Paris - The boss of a hardline French trade union on Friday vowed to press on with a strike that has crippled transport in Paris for the past three weeks and is now the longest-lasting such action since the 1980s.

France braces for holiday travel chaos amid pensions strike

Paris - Cancelled trains, packed roads, frazzled nerves: Travellers across France scrambled on Friday to begin Christmas vacations upended by a weeks-long transport strike over a pensions overhaul that unions have vowed to defeat.

France braces for holiday travel chaos amid pensions strike

Paris - Cancelled trains, packed roads, frazzled nerves: Travellers scrambled across France on Friday to begin Christmas vacations upended by a weeks-long transport strike over a pensions overhaul that unions have vowed to defeat.

French strike enters third week as govt, unions deadlocked on pension reform

Paris - A gruelling French transport strike entered its third week Thursday, wearing out commuters and spoiling the Christmas holiday plans of thousands as the government and unions remained at odds over pension reform.

French strike enters third week as govt, unions clash on pension reform

Paris - A gruelling French transport strike entered its third week Thursday, wearing out commuters and spoiling the Christmas holiday plans of thousands as the government and unions remained at odds over pension reform.

French pensions standoff hardens as strike enters 3rd week

Paris - A gruelling French transport strike over a planned pension reform entered its third week on Thursday, with little relief in sight after talks between unions and the government failed to bring the two sides any closer to a compromise.

France's pensions chief resigns as strike hits 12th day

Paris - The French official leading a controversial pensions overhaul stepped down on Monday over a scandal involving undeclared payments, as a crippling transport strike against the proposals entered its 12th day, imperilling the holiday plans of thousands.

French commuters face 12th day of transport strike over pensions

Paris - French commuters endured a twelfth day of misery on Monday as the government and unions traded blame for a crippling transport strike over a pensions overhaul that has put holiday travel plans at risk for thousands.

Christmas mayhem feared as French transport strike continues

Paris - France reeled under a crippling public transport strike for a 10th day Saturday aimed at forcing the government to scrap a pension revamp, as fears grew of travel mayhem during Christmas.

Christmas mayhem feared as French transport strike continues

Paris - France reeled under a crippling public transport strike for a 10th day Saturday aimed at forcing the government to scrap a pension revamp, as fears grew of travel mayhem during Christmas.

French government under pressure after student sets himself on fire

Lyon - The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardships of his university life.

French government faces backlash after student sets himself on fire

Lyon - The French government on Wednesday attempted to defuse the anger caused by the attempted suicide of a student who set himself alight to protest the hardship he faced.

'I see colleagues crying': ailing French police force hit by officer protests

Paris - Thousands of French police officers demonstrated in Paris Wednesday for better working conditions, against the backdrop of a spike in suicides in the force and allegations of police brutality that have sapped morale.

Paris braces for massive metro strike over pension reform

Paris - Paris metro and other public transport workers were to walk off the job Friday for a huge one-day strike over President Emmanuel Macron's plan to overhaul France's retirement system.

War of words over May Day break-in at Paris hospital

Paris - The French government on Thursday accused radicals of storming a famed Paris hospital during a violent May Day showdown, while protesters insisted they were only seeking refuge from a police crackdown.

Unions, leftwing parties, join 'yellow vests' march

Paris - Thousands of trade unionists and left wing activists joined "yellow vest" protesters in Paris Saturday in rejecting French President Emmanuel Macron's proposed tax cuts as too little too late.

Unions, leftwing parties, join 'yellow vests' for Paris march

Paris - Thousands of trade unionists and activists from left-wing parties marched with "yellow vest" protesters through Paris Saturday to present a united front against French President Emmanuel Macron's latest reforms package.
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