In France today, protesting, among other things, railroad, air traffic controllers and teachers. Strikes and demonstrations taking place in more than 200 cities across the country, including the largest — Paris, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse and Lily.
Workers are on strike for a week all 12 refineries of the country, workers are blocking access to oil storage facilities. At every tenth refueling France ran out of gas, and in some areas people have started to buy up massive fuel, which further increases the deficit.
According to government officials, the country has a strategic reserve of fuel, which should be good for three months.
On Monday, October 18 to join the strikers "truckers" — truck drivers. They blocked some roads and storage facilities.
In Marseille are unloaded dozens of tankers, the city formed the garbage due to the strike of employees of public utilities.
The Civil Aviation Authority recommended airlines to halve the number of flights to Paris Orly airport. French Transport Ministry warned that the country's main airport — Paris Charles de Gaulle — might stop working because its fuel reserves will last only for the next few days.
Millions of protesters
According to police, in the demonstrations last week was attended by over a million people. The unions estimated the number of protesters at 3.5 million
Yesterday, in one of the prymestsyav Paris police used tear gas against the young protesters who were throwing stones at the police.
Was arrested about 300 people.
In this case, the opinion polls strikers supports about 70% of the French.
Participants strikes unhappy with the plans of the Government to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 years, and also raise the age receive full state pensii from 65 to 67 years.
Pension reform is already approved by the lower house of the parliament of the country. Discussion of the bill in the Senate is scheduled for October 20.
History repeat itself?
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday that it will not give up the pension reform, which considers it necessary — because of the huge pension fund deficit.
Sarkozy: "This reform is delayed too long, and it can not be further delayed. Why, because that todaynal and tomorrow's pensioners
to receive their pensions. In France, 15 million retirees. At this moment, when I say to you, one and a half million of them receive their pension through bank loans. Such a situation is can not continue. "
According to sociological surveys, 70% of French people believe that the current protests will turn into a national movement like the one that emerged in the mid-1990s.
In 1995, three weeks of constant demonstrations and strikes forced the government to abandon its economic reforms, which provided a including raising the retirement age.