Strikes across France delayed flights, closed schools and frustrated commuters Thursday as workers protested government plans to raise the retirement age past 60 -- one of the lowest even in Europe.
President says retiring so young is now untenable given growing life spans, but unions see his planned reforms to France's over-stretched pension system as yet another blow to Europe's cherished social model.
THE SOCIALISTS DON'T REALIZE IT YET, BUT RESISTANCE IS FUTILE.
THE SO-CALLED "EUROPEAN SOCIAL MODEL" IS BROKEN - SOCIALIST MODELS ALWAYS DO BREAK DOWN BECAUXSE, AS LADY THATCHER SAID: "THE PROBLEM WITH ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL IS EVENTUALLY PETER RUNS OUT OF MONEY!"
WE NEED TO DO THE SAME THING HERE: RAISE THE RETIREMENT AGE.
AN THEN GO A STEP FURTHER: END GOVERNMENT PENSIONS AND REPLACE THEM WITH PRIVATE PENSIONS.