Looks like, despite the strikes and protests of recent months, Sarkozy has won the battle over French pension reforms.
Heading North from Montparnasse on the bus one recent strike Saturday, a fur-coated pensioner sitting in the easy-access seats at the front grabbed my arm:Ce bus termine a Chatalet a cause d'un manifestation des etudiants ou quelque chose comme ca.*
I was getting off before we crossed the Seine but I felt I had to engage in coversation in return for the personal concern she showed for my possible inability to continue my journey.
Oh merci. Je vais decendre a St Michel mais thank you for the information. I'm sure it will be difficult for other passengers and it's very kind of you to...
Turns out I didn't need to bother. At the next stop she watched eagerly as a few more passengers got on then got hold of the the boarder nearest to her and hissed,Vous savez que ce bus termine a Chatalet? C'est un manif...
* This bus stops at Chatelet because of a student demonstration or something like that.