Note the festive costumes and smiles on the faces of these Sorbonne students as they head to the Palais de Justice in support of the striking workers. The workers are protesting the move to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. Students demonstrate because they realize that if the aging workers stay in their jobs longer, there will be no room for them in the workplace. France loves a good demonstration. In Chambery, I didn't get a photo of the youths with hoods and scarves to hide their faces as they clashed with police at the train station. They were breaking windows in the station, and I was unnerved, frightened, and angry that I couldn't get a train to Milan. Quite a contrast to the festive Paris demonstrators.

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