French strikes continue

Protests over pension reforms in France continue to escalate. Students have joined the protests against President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. International Relations professor William Keylor offers the following view.

“How ironic is it that 16-year-old high school students are protesting against a campaign to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. Who says that today’s youth (at least in France) is concerned only about issues that directly affect it? It is a reflection of the intense political consciousness of this country as well of the tradition of going into the streets to influence public policy.”

Contact William Keylor, 617-358-0197, wrkeylor@bu.edu

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