Summary Box: France says strikes cost $557M a day

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Posted: Oct 25, 2010 3:34 PM
Summary Box: France says strikes cost $557M a day

STRIKE'S ECONOMIC TOLL: Strikes are costing the French economy up to $557 million each day, the French finance minister said, as workers continued to protest a plan to raise the retirement age.

THE NON-ECONOMIC FALLOUT: Rotting piles of garbage are becoming a hazard in Marseille. Striking dockers at France's largest port are intermittently blocking ships trying to unload fuel there.

SOME CRACKS SURFACE: Twelve striking refineries have been shut down for nearly two weeks, but the protest movement appeared to weaken after workers at three refineries voted to end their walkout.