"Almost half a million people have taken to the streets of France in a sixth national day of action against planned pension reforms, officials say. President Nicolas Sarkozy appealed for calm but insisted he would press ahead with plans to raise the retirement age. Strikes are disrupting travel and schools, a refinery blockade is hitting fuel supplies, and protesters and police have clashed in several cities. The government wants to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the full state pension age from 65 to 67." BBC News - France hit by new wave of strikes over pension reforms Raising the retirement age from 60 to 62? OMG!!! Those poor people are so deprived! Thank God we're not like the French!