France Strikes

PARIS (AP) _ Labor strikes that have crippled France's mass
transit system may be coming to an end. Early results of voting by
transit workers show overwhelming support for returning to work
following a nine-day walkout.

The strike has shut down many of the country's buses and
railways.

Workers walked off the job to protest French President Nicolas
Sarkozy's (sahr-koh-ZEEZ') proposed retirement-benefit reforms.
Under the proposal, all workers would have to work for 40 years to
qualify for full pensions, up from 37 and a-half years now.

Sarkozy has said he won't back down on the reforms, and polls
show most French disapprove of the walkouts.


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