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I think these protesters should retire. Without pay.

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I just chuckle reading this after reading for months the European commentary on how those tea party people in America look so scary and violence-prone.

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Shoot the violent, vandal trouble makers. The peaceful demonstrations have been working just fine.

Keep up the good fight!

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You see, you see! The government still won`t listen to the people and keep the retirement age at 60. The elitists do what they want. Democracy? sure. Keep fighting protesters.

We will soon learn what this so called Democracy is about when the feds become fed up and start abusing and illegally subduing people. Police states are the future if people don`t fight back in the masses.

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raising the retirement age to 62?????? fiscal accountability????

Oh, the humanity!

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solidarity with french workers! as solomon burke (RIP) sang:

none of us are free! none of us free if one of us is chained, none of us are free!

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France has to do something about all these idiots, no excuse for such violence.

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Note to France. Farm out your internal security detail to the PLA. End of "issues".

I kid, but yeah, the bean counters are right; the books need to get balanced. You don't what to have what happened to Greece come your way.

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These young idiots are just using any excuse to smash things up

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People should be able to retire when they want. I hate forced retirement.

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"People should be able to retire when they want"

So start your own business.

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"People should be able to retire when they want" So start your own business.

That's when they learn there is no retiring. Freaking weaklings.

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all this by young people over a 2 year difference and on a government retirement plan at that.. Get your own retirement plan, its a lot better

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It is nice to see people unite against a Government that they feel is corrupt. People in France feel that they are the owners of Gov and not the other way around. I hope the French people are able to make changes to their Gov without resorting to the historical chopping of heads.

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"The right to strike does not give anyone the right to stop people from working or the right to block things, or the right to prevent travel"

Well, what the heck good is the right to strike then, LOL.

These strikers need to be fired, and these hooded youths who smashed store windows need to have some of their belongings smashed, and spend some time in jail.

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Get educated, become a professional and then they could retire at the 50 if they so choose to or become a consultant and work till your 90.

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Badsey, "corrupt"?

I don't think they are saying that yet.

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If protesters keep acting like they do nations will start dealing with them like China does. Not a nice way but by the looks of it the protesters deserve nothing nice. I say shoot on site anyone inciting violence and destruction.

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I say shoot on site anyone inciting violence and destruction.

I say shoot first then think.

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A right to retire? What right to retire at a given age? This whole thing is loopy. Seems like the French will do anything to avoid work and the French youth will use any excuse to riot.

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In time like this,with citizens like these mobs, the China's PLA looks more attractive alternative than riot police. You have the right to protest but no right to harm police, to destroy properties...

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There are a couple of posters here who live in France. I wish them well among the chaos.

Taka

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>I support the rioters. Fight for your right !!!!

That's ridiculous ! We cannot accept that in a democracy. "Your" rights are not more important than the right of others like the shop owner who has his window smashed and his shop robbed. Democracy has been invented to avoid civil wars. But this is possible only with educated people.

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Some politicians in France play with fire. Calling young people to go on the street and protest is simply a sign of irresponsability. A great number of teenagers are in a reaction against the system, against authority, against their parents. Young citizens are used by stupid adults as the ultimate weapon : push them in the streets and everything is out of control. Might one of them be injured : we have a martyr ! They are assassinating our children !

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Like any mass protest, a huge percentage are just using any old excuse to go out and cause damage, and whine that they can't get what they want out of life without any work, effort, or risk.

Get used to it Europe, (and soon too follow U.S.) that's what happens when you promise people free stuff in order to get elected. Once you reach a tipping point, where less than half are called on to provide to more than half, havoc will result. When you don't deliver, grown up children get angry and aggressive, like little kids throwing a tantrum when you take away their ice cream.

And so ends Western Civilization. Not by invasion, or famine, by a bunch of grown spoiled kids crying that you took away their free stuff.

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Badsey is right. They are protesting because they think their government is corrupt. Nobody would be protesting if they thought the decision was being made for the good of the country, it would be a no-brainer to raise the age to 62 in that case. But they think the decision is not being made for the good of the country, it is being made so that the money can be siphoned off elsewhere, and they are right. And if things start getting out of hand and kids join in and riot, hey as Rumsfeld said "stuff happens". Sarkozy made his bed, now he can lie in it.

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