28 Oct 2010

French MPs approve retirement law

7:15 am on 28 October 2010

France's National Assembly has approved a controversial bill to raise the retirement age by two years, despite weeks of strikes and protest marches.

The National Assembly passed the measure on Wednesday by 336 to 233, following the the Senate giving its approval.

The law change the retirement age from 60 to 62 now needs to be approved by the constitutional council, where it faces a legal challenge by the opposition Socialists before President Nicolas Sarkozy can sign it off next month.

While the protest movement has lost steam, a new day of action has been declared for Thursday, the BBC reports.

Aviation officials predict half of flights at Paris Orly airport will be cancelled and 30% at other airports.

Union leaders say they will also pursue the protest in other ways.