Strikes To Continue In France Over Pension Reform Bill

(CNN) Strikes and demonstrations are expected to continue across France on Thursday with a large rally scheduled in central Paris in the afternoon.

The demonstrators are rallying against a government proposal to raise the national retirement age from 60 to 62.

The French Senate is working its way through roughly 1,000 amendments to the pension reform bill, and a final vote on the bill could be as early as Thursday and as late as Sunday.

The lower house of parliament has already passed it, by a vote of 329 to 233.

If there are substantial differences between the Senate and National Assembly versions, a conference committee will have to iron them out before the final version goes to the president.