France paralysed by general strike over pension reforms

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France's trades unions claimed a nationwide turnout of 1.5 million people, estimated at 860,000 by the interior ministry, in marches and demonstrations that marked a general strike on Thursday by mostly public sector, but also private sector, workers in protest against planned reforms to the pension system, and which brought public transport to a virtual standstill.

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France's largest nationwide strike in years has severely disrupted schools and transport, reports BBC News.