France riots: Riot officers in the Paris suburb of Nanterre and the southeastern city of Lyon sprayed tear gas but appeared unable to stop the violence. Outside the capital, hooded youths smashed store windows amid clouds of tear gas.
French strikes over pension reforms turned violent today as hard-line elements from an oil-workers union vowed to press on.
Riot police officers take position during clashes with youth in Nanterre, outside Paris, France, on Oct. 19. Some airliners steered clear of France, drivers searched for gasoline, and police clashed with increasingly violent youths Tuesday amid a new round of nationwide strikes and protests over a bill raising the retirement age to 62.
The protests that blocked classes at dozens of colleges ended up underscoring the need for reform in a university system that the government says is outmoded and underperforming.
France's education minister: 'There will be no bachelor's degree awarded for striking, no master's for petition-signing, no doctorate in obstruction.'