'We'll die on the job': the dread and despair over new French pensions system reform

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When the advisor at the state pension office finally told him that he was eligible for retirement next year on full pension benefits, Patrick, 59, recalls how he felt so relieved and full of joy at the prospect of leaving his factory production line that he wanted to jump over the counter and kiss every one of the advisors. But neither his age nor his health could allow it.