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Amazing what is happening in Europe, how long it has lasted and how little we have heard about it here in the US…

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Sarkozy sets the heavy squad on the riots as demonstrations over French pension reforms continue for ninth day

  • Marseilles, Paris’s Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports affected
  • Passengers forced to carry their own luggage off planes
  • 3,000 of the country’s 12,000 petrol stations have run dry
  • Disputes costing country £100million a day

Armed with pump-action shotguns, sidearms and stun grenades the officers look like they belong in a war zone.

In fact they are elite French policemen who were deployed to the historic centre of Lyon yesterday to deal with rioting students.

President Nicolas Sarkozy took the extreme measure in the face of growing protests against an unpopular law aimed at increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62.

Anti-riot police officers point their flashballs at demonstrators during a protest in Lyon, southern FranceTaking aim: Riot police fired flashball guns at student demonstrators in Lyon yesterday. Two thousand had gone on the rampage, burning cars and destroying shop windows 

Nicknamed ‘Sarko’s Stormtroopers’, the GIPN (National Police Intervention Group) faced down 2,000 youngsters in Place Bellecour where cars had been set on fire and shop windows smashed.

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More protests in Europe.  Is it a window to our future?

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Austerity whips up anger, protests mount in Europe

Austerity whips up anger, protests mount in Europe

BRUSSELS (AFP) – – Painful cuts by overspending EU countries come head to a head with mounting social anger on Wednesday when labour leaders call angry workers onto streets right across the continent.

Set for its largest Europe-wide protest for a decade is Brussels where labour leaders are planning to bring 100,000 people from 30 countries to say “No to austerity!”

“We will demonstrate to voice our concern over the economic and social context, which will be compounded by austerity measures,” John Monks, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation.

The protest, the biggest such march since 2001 when 80,000 people spilled into the EU capital, is being held to coincide with a plan to fine governments running up deficits.

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