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Protests Against Hosni Mubarak, Paris

The chants were decisively personal – against Hosni Mubarak and his autocratic style of government. In the vicinity of the Egyptian Embassy in Paris, calls for him to step down were communicated clearly and left little room for doubt as to what protestors were calling for: – a change at the head of Egypt’s government: Here are a few images taken from my mobile phone, not all of them are quite clear – but they give a sense of the very broad support that Egyptians at home enjoy among their compatriots in Paris and several other supporters of their cause. Chants in Arabic, mostly speaking directly against Hosni Mubarak… More angst at the Egyptian Embassy, Paris… Random Images of the Protest…

Protests in France, life goes on in Paris

And so it happens that yet another week went past with the headlines dominated by reports on the tension surrounding the new pension reforms, lady Gaga cancellations and that was pretty much all that the news talked about. And for good reason, as the week progressed , the tenor of protests took on a violent tone- students jumped into the fray, transport networks were thrown into chaos. Fuel supplies cut off. Quite a week! Yet, if you were going about your business, around the centre of Paris, there was little evidence of a crippling strike underway. If none of your kids (oif you do have are in one of the striking school, and if your route to and from work is pretty predictable – transport systems within PAris worked predictably, and there was not really much evidence of ordinary Parisans being brought to their knees by the strike. The impact seemed to be carefully targeted at key national structures, with a clear objective to sent the message straight to the top. OF course, as the …

Final Push

<a href="http://www.france24.com/en/sites/all/modules/maison/aef_player/flash/player.swf“>19 October: Final Push against Pension reform Protesters across France staged what many believe is an ill fated last push to force a rethink of pension reform – it is widely expected that the senate, which votes on Wednesday the 20th of October will approve legislation to increase the minimal retirement to 62 from 60 – and make full state pensions accessible at 67 and not 65 as is currently the case. This all in an apparent to slash France’s deficit in the face of widespread opposition to a cherished social benefit. Some sources suggest that as many as 71% of the French population support the protestor’s cause.

Young Parisians in Protest against Pension Policy?

Paris has always had something of a complex relationship with her young academics and students. And today, some of them were out on the streets in support of an issue that ostensibly is the concern of more mature Frenchies – namely the recently passed legislation to increase the minimal retirement age from 60 to 62 and the state pension age from 65 to 67. At the least, maintaing current retirement and pension ages pensions would come at the expense of younger French. In a fast aging continent, the burden on young French of a growing class of pensioners is likely to impose the heaviest weight on them. But then again, protesting against increasing pension and retirement ages perhaps maintains a part of french identity and keeps alive the long held tradition of antagonistic, disgruntled Parisian students – perhaps its the symbolism that counts here. Some random, amateur footage: http://www.youtube.com/get_player