Trade unions in France began their second 24-hour strike last night in protest against President Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.
Police estimated over a million people took industrial action on 7 September against the pension reform, and a high turnout is expected today, Reuters reports.
Schools and other public services are being disrupted, whilst up to half of flights have been cancelled in the capital and other city airports. Despite the chaos, the French government says it will not move on the issue.
"We haven't changed. We are very firm on the core of the reform, which is age," says Labour Minister Eric Woerth. "If you do not reform it, it simply will not be viable and we will not be able to pay French people's pensions."
Francois Chereque, head of the CFDT union, says: "The number of demonstrators will be decisive for the future of the movement."
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