Strike in French Polynesia closes some schools

2:16 pm on 7 February 2020

Several schools in French Polynesia are closed today because of a public sector strike over France's planned pension reforms.

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The most affected town is Papeete.

The strike coincides with the French National Assembly's special commission beginning its deliberations in Paris.

It also happens that the French overseas minister Annick Girardin is in French Polynesia for a week-long visit.

An earlier one-day strike in December saw many schools close for the day.

Unionists want the current system to be retained, which takes into account the benefits of having worked outside Europe.

They want the pension to still be calculated on the basis of the income of the last six months of work.

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