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Paris Workers Strike over Retirement Reform

Transportation, gas, and electricity workers are demonstrating against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to reform their retirement system. Madeleine Brand talks to Eleanor Beardsley in Paris about the massive strike. Seven out of ten people, polls show, don't support the strikers. The demonstrators say, however, that's just the media's take on it.

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Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy. Since then, she has steadily worked her way to becoming an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team.
Madeleine Brand
Madeleine Brand is the host of NPR’s newest and fastest-growing daily show, Day to Day. She conducts interviews with newsmakers (Iraqi politicians, US senators), entertainment figures (Bernardo Bertolluci, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Gervais), and the everyday people affected by the news (an autoworker laid off at GM, a mother whose son was killed in Iraq).
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