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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 May, 2003, 18:38 GMT 19:38 UK
In pictures: France walks out
Demo in Toulouse
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Demonstrations involving thousands of people took place across the country
Demonstrator with placard saying: 'No to retirement at 70-plus'
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At issue: Government plans to reform the pension system
Pensioner in Marseille
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The government says the system needs reforming because of the population's changing age profile
Paris metro station
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Transport systems were badly hit, from railway services...
Passenger information screens at Charles de Gaulle airport, near Paris
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...to passenger flights
Dover terminal, UK
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Across the Channel at Dover, the knock-on impact was felt

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