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French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform

Persistent pension reform protests have crippled fuel supplies around the country

French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
Strikers burn tires in front of the Total refinery in Grandpuits, east of Paris, on Oct 17. The fuel pipeline to Paris' two main airports as well as depots outside the capital is cut due to pension reform protests around the country. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
Strikers protest in front of the Total refinery in Grandpuits, east of Paris, on October 17, 2010. The fuel pipeline to Paris' two main airports as well as depots outside the capital is cut due to pension reform protests around the country. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
This picture taken on October 17, 2010 shows the Total refinery in Grandpuits, east of Paris. Unions want to pummel the government into backing down on its plan to raise the minimum retirement age from 60 to 62. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
People hold placards during a demonstration on October 16, 2010 in Bordeaux, western France part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
French unions staged a national day of strikes over the government's pension reforms which include President Nicolas Sarkozy's attempt to raise the retirement age. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
Some 825,000 demonstrators took to the streets of France, fewer than on previous protests against pension reform, the government said, while unions said "around three million" marched. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
People demonstrate with banners on October 16, 2010 in Paris as part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
Some 825,000 demonstrators took to the streets of France, fewer than on previous protests against pension reform, the government said, while unions said "around three million" marched. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
A baby is seen as people demonstrate on October 16, 2010 near the Bastille square in Paris as part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
A journalist films a man destroying a shop as clashes appear at the end of a demonstration part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform on October 16, 2010 in Paris. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
People are arrested as clashes appear at the end of a demonstration part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform on October 16, 2010 in Paris. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
A man (C) tries to prevent people from destroying a shop as clashes appear at the end of a demonstration part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform on October 16, 2010 in Paris. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
Policemen arrest people on a plateform of Parisian subway at the end of a demonstration on October 16, 2010 in Paris as part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
Students hold a banner during a demonstration on October 16, 2010 at the Bastille square in Paris as part of a national day of mass rallies against pension reform. (Getty Images)
French protests mount to derail unpopular pension reform
A woman walks past piled up garbages on October 16, 2010 in Marseille, southern France, during a fifth day strike by rubbish collectors part of the national protest against France's pension reform, on the eve of United Nations (UN) International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. (Getty Images)