October 21st, 2010
02:27 PM ET

U.S. passionate about French protests

Ah, France. A nation known for its passion in food, wine, love…and protests.

Many French citizens have been rallying for days against the proposed increase of their retirement age from 60 to 62, leading to riots, school closings, and the shutdown of a major airport.

What’s interesting is how passionate people here in the U.S. are getting about the French protests. Strong opinions abound in the CNN.com comments, from users envying the French retirement age to saying the protesters should get back to work. And, of course, some commenters are using the story as an opportunity for some good old-fashioned France-bashing…

ntcz: “I am impressed; this has been going on for a few days and the French haven’t surrendered yet?”

RandyF offered a clever reply: “The US would not exist if it were not for the support of the French during the Revolution. Why all the sour grapes about the French? Seems more like jealousy from the 50% of folks who are going to die before they reach 65 from stress, over eating and the general American lifestyle.“

But seriously, RandyF’s sentiments are echoed by many other contributors. Some feel like the U.S. should adopt a system more like France’s, with a relatively low retirement age and increased vacation time.

Read more over on the CNN iReport blog

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  1. k

    it just kills me how the central banks run our country, they compensate their exec's unimaginable amounts of money, use very inticate ways to cover up to common shareholders just how much, and say that its neccesary to keep competetive, when the govt. Tried to get the banks to follow suit , like the big three, they siad F U. And when big business spends tens of millions on lobbiests for certain legislature, they have your best interest at heart ,ha ! One company(a bank) even goes so far as to tell you. They must see how well bold faced lies worked in the last election .

    October 22, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. well

    We need to adopt french protestor tactics if our gov tries to mess with our social security.viva france,we support the angry protestors.

    October 22, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    Dear France,

    We actually love you in the US. Please forgive the rude comments. I've visited your country and loved it. It's gorgeous!

    All Americans are not obnoxious.

    I can't wait to see you again!


    November 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
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