Sunday, May 02, 2010
Labor Day Demonstration
In France the first of May is Labor day (la journée du travail) and traditionally the day of Le Muguet, as I already showed several times here, but it's also the day unions demonstrate in the streets. One of the demonstrations passed right be my place so I did not have to go very far to take this photo! The big sensitive topic at the moment is La retraite (retirement). The Government can no longer pay! So they are trying to either postpone the age of retirement (which is currently 60) or lower the pensions, or increase the contributions (the French pension system is very largely a "pay-as-you-go" system where the younger generations pay for for the older ones - read this if you're interested to know more), or anything that could allow to make ends meet!