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PARIS – Workers opposed to a higher retirement age blocked roads to airports around France on Wednesday, leaving passengers in Paris dragging suitcases on foot along an emergency breakdown lane.

Outside the capital, hooded youths smashed store windows amid clouds of tear gas.

Riot police in black body armor forced striking workers away from blocked fuel depots in western France, restoring gasoline to areas where pumps were dry after weeks of protests over the government proposal raising the age from 60 to 62.

Riot officers in the Paris suburb of Nanterre and the southeastern city of Lyon sprayed tear gas but appeared unable to stop the violence.

Finance Minister Christine Lagarde said both the strikes and the violence were taking an economic toll.

"I'm calling on people to be responsible, in particular those who are having a roaring time blocking access and breaking things," she said in an interview with TF1 television. "It's serious for our country."

After months of largely peaceful disruptions, some protests erupted into scattered violence this week over the government's push to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed that his conservative party would pass the reform in a Senate vote expected Thursday.

Many workers feel the change would be a first step in eroding France's social benefits — which include long vacations, contracts that make it hard for employers to lay off workers and a state-subsidized health care system — in favor of "American-style capitalism."

Sarkozy ordered all fuel depots forcibly reopened and vowed Wednesday that he would "carry the retirement reform through to the end." And despite France's tolerance for a long tradition of strikes and protest, official patience appeared to be waning after weeks of actions that have snarled traffic, canceled flights and dwindling gasoline supplies and, now, rising urban violence.

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Now that makes a lot of sense. A bunch of 20 year-olds rioting about a change in retirement age from 60 to 62. Once your country has been infected with the Slacker virus, you are ruined. There is no going back to a productive culture because no one even knows what it looks like. We are rapidly heading in the same direction, especially with government employees and their unions.
 

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We all know the French are a bunch of whiney biatches.

(Nothing personal Fluffy) :thumbsup:
 

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Once your country has been infected with the Slacker virus, you are ruined. There is no going back to a productive culture because no one even knows what it looks like. We are rapidly heading in the same direction, especially with government employees and their unions.
:laughing: Or once your country has been raped and pillaged, like them and us, you lose it. Yeah, it's probably coming here, rightfully so. I know some of the right-wingers here still think like you do, but that's much too simplistic of a view. After a systematic cleaning of the treasury, the country is $14 trillion in the hole, and not much in the way of visible light at the end of the tunnel.

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Those protesting are nothing but a bunch lazy ****ers who have nothing to do but burn cars. They do it regularly, so often the press don't report it anymore.

These people don't even have a job, so the retirement change is of no consequence to them.

When the socialists got elected in 81 the retirement went from 68 to 60.

Most of them are not even French, they're foreigners depending on French welfare to live.

Those who are French (those blocking the oil refineries and not those burning the cars) are the hard core communists.

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Now that makes a lot of sense. A bunch of 20 year-olds rioting about a change in retirement age from 60 to 62. Once your country has been infected with the Slacker virus, you are ruined. There is no going back to a productive culture because no one even knows what it looks like. We are rapidly heading in the same direction, especially with government employees and their unions.
:agree: Amen
 

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Now that makes a lot of sense. A bunch of 20 year-olds rioting about a change in retirement age from 60 to 62.
:laughing:

I just love it when students go on strike, they stop going to school to show their displeasure ... :rolling:

Teenagers marched through the streets and pledged to go on boycotting their schools.
Slacker: starting young to master a difficult task ... :smack

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