French Labor Minister Eric Woerth, , 2nd right, is congratulated by senators after the vote at the Senate in Paris, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. France's Senate has approved a contested pension reform ... more 
French Labor Minister Eric Woerth, , 2nd right, is congratulated by senators after the vote at the Senate in Paris, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. France's Senate has approved a contested pension reform raising the retirement age to 62 despite months of nationwide protests and strikes. After 140 hours of debate, the Senate approved the reform Friday with a vote of 177-153. The conservative government, eager to get the measure passed and to quell increasingly radicalized protests, cut short the debate and voting process using a special procedure. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Jacques Brinon
Sat, Oct 23, 2010 2:56 AM EDT