I've been following this story for a few months, but it has just now gotten more attention in the news. You see, when you are facing difficult economic times, the best possible thing you can do as a constructive member of society is to torch capital goods. Whenever a foreign power would enter France, the first thing they would do is surrender first, then resist second. It is the nature of being French I guess. Anyway, what is it that has gotten the French all up in arms and angry to don masks? Well, the French government has decided that in order to keep their national pension plan solvent, they must raise the retirement age from 60 to 62. Yes, that's right, they are raising the retirement age to 62! Man, that is one way to piss off a Frenchman. Even the students are getting involved and they don't have to worry about this for 40 more years. I think they need to teach more economics to these students for them to realize that if they don't raise the retirement age by a paltry two years, then they won't see any of it anyway.
I think my retirement age is 67 (maybe 68). I have been in the workforce for 24 years (including high school jobs) and am fully vested in Social Security. I still have another 27 to go. Maybe, just maybe, with a little luck and planning, I can retire earlier.
The French are crazy. Let them eat cake!