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Strikes, Protests Over Pension Reforms Continuing In France

Private- and public-sector workers attend a demonstration over pension reforms in Paris on October 19.
Another day of strikes and demonstrations is under way in France to protest pension reforms that would include raising the retirement age in the country from 60 to 62.

An estimated 1 million people took part in nationwide protests on October 19 ahead of an expected vote on the reform in the Senate this week, matching the turnout at massive October 16 demonstrations.

The October 19 protests were predominantly peaceful, but some violence by protesters was reported outside Paris and in the city of Lyon.

Work stoppages by oil refinery workers and truck and delivery drivers have hit fuel supplies, with some 4,000 petrol stations -- nearly one-third of the country's total stations -- reported to have run out of gasoline or to be running short.

The government has said it will open strategic reserves to fill empty stations and keep the French economy operating.

compiled from agency reports