France's Parliament granted final approval on Wednesday to a bill raising the retirement age from 60 to 62, a reform that has infuriated the country's powerful unions and touched off weeks of protests and strikes.
The National Assembly approved the fbill in a 336-233 vote on Wednesday, marking its final hurdle in Parliament. It was a victory for conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has stood firm despite the protests — an unpopular stance that has resulted in his lowest approval ratings since he took office in 2007. Protesters are not yet giving up the fight, since Mr. Sarkozy has not yet signed the bill. In an attempt to revive a protest movement that has lost momentum lately, unions plan a new nationwide day of street protests and strikes on Thursday. — AP