The Madeleine Brand Show for October 20, 2010

Protests in France: worth all the trouble?

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A high school student waves a flag during a demonstration on October 20, 2010, in front of the French Senate in Paris, to protest governemental pensions reform.

France is in the grips of another day of protests. Demonstrators have blocked airports, shut down schools and kept fuel from getting to gas stations. All to stop the French parliament from passing a law that would among other things, raise the age of retirement from 60 to 62. Two years. Is it really worth all the trouble?

To help us understand why the French are in such a furor, Debra Ollivier joins us. She's the author of What French Women Know. She also blogs about France for the Huffington Post.

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