Widespread strikes over pension reform shutdown France

December 05, 2019

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A large group of protesters are shown in a smoke-filled street wearing dark clothes and face masks and carrying a banner.

Protesters attend a demonstration against French government's pensions reform plans, as part of a day of national strike and protests, in Paris, France, Dec. 5, 2019.

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President Emmanuel Macron's promise to reform France's pension system triggered massive protests and strikes around the country Thursday. And, a nationwide measles outbreak has closed businesses and schools in Samoa. Also, the European Union has declared "balsamic" a general term, striking down the attempt by vinegar makers in Modena, Italy, to have the label exclusively for themselves. 

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