French Protesters Block Airport

Lady Gaga cancels pair of concerts in furor over retirement age
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2010 9:38 AM CDT
French Protesters Block Airport
Travellers make their way to Marseille airport as striking employees, right, block the access of the ariport in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010.   (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Hundreds of workers barricaded Marseille’s main airport for three hours this morning, furious over today's Senate vote on raising France’s retirement age to 62. Meanwhile, protesters used vehicles to block highways and students blockaded a Paris high school. A quarter of French gas stations are dry amid the protests, and, crushingly, Lady Gaga has postponed two concerts in Paris "as there is no certainty the trucks can make it" to the shows, the AP reports.

“We will continue our action, for the time being we have the whole population behind us and we will continue," said a trade union protester. Click here for more on the protests.
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