Wed Oct 20th, 2010 at 04:39:46 AM EST
Another very large demonstration in Paris Tuesday, as well in as a couple of hundred other cities in France. In Paris in addition to the usual union marchers thousands of students, high school and university, came out today. Here's the new spirit:
At present, one-fourth of the gas stations in France are lacking fuel, and other transportation is spotty.
You can see gas lines all over the Paris region. The government is refusing to budge,and everyone's position is hardening. The government is hoping that after the new law on retirement is signed into law, perhaps next week, this will all go away. I'm not so sure.
Update [2010-10-20 5:8:4 by LEP]:There were two marches from Place d'Italie to Invilides. I waited for the one that came through Blvd. Montparnesse, right around the Gare Montparnase. Blvd. Montparnesse is a very wide boulevard so the people weren't as pressed together as in the previous marches. The marchers started arriving at the Gare Montparnesse about 2:45 p.m. and kept coming until 7p.m.
I will post three sections of photos: the arrival, the unions and adults, and finally the high school students (lyceens) and university students.
[UPDATE#2] Melanchthon has a comment below which I find very important.
Re: Fictional demographic problems
The vast majority of people and organisations who oppose Sarkozy's reform accept the augmentation of the number of quarters of contribution. And they know very well that the real retirement age is already close to 62 and that it will increase in the future. What they oppose are changes in the legal retirement age (from 60 to 62), because it is unjust towards people who started to work early and because a significant number of people over 55 are unemployed, which means they will have to live on reduced benefits until they reach 62, even if they have contributed enough quarters to be eligible to full pension. Same for the full-pension retirement age (see below).