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French youth join pension reform strikes to fight for their future

By Philippe Marliere  /  The Guardian, LONDON

One can envisage two possible scenarios. Opposition to the reform hardens, in which case Sarkozy may have to water it down or even withdraw it. This would mark the first major popular victory in Europe against the post-2008 neoliberal order. Alternatively, Sarkozy stays put and imposes a deeply unpopular reform, in which case the political price to pay for the incumbent president would be very high, should he decide to run again in 2012.

Philippe Marliere is a senior lecturer in French politics at University College, London.

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