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French Pension Reform Bill Set For Final Vote

French senators (in file photo) backed the government's pension reform plan on October 26.
France's National Assembly is due to conduct a final vote today on a pension reform bill which has sparked long-standing strikes and protests across the country.

The lower house of parliament is almost certain to pass the legislation, which would raise France's retirement age from 60 to 62.

The Senate approved the bill in a final vote on October 26.

French trade unions plan to condcut another day of nationwide protests on October 28, but the protest movement is showing signs of faltering with turnout low and key strikes ending.

Five of France's 12 oil refineries are reopening, and rubbish collectors in the port city of Marseille have resumed work.

compiled from agency reports