It is disturbing to see the scenes from France these days. While they may not be as widespread as TV news would have you believe, it is still disturbing and does not reflect well on France or the French. We were in Paris 2 weeks ago, right in between the strikes of October 2 and 12th so we got lucky. I was reading the Times Herald or one of the English newspapers and read that when France instituted its current pension system there were 5 workers for every pensioner. Now there are one-and-a-half workers for every pensioner. Clearly that is not sustainable. What I don't understand is why are the students rioting in support of the existing pension system? They will soon be the only people working to support the pensioners and it is unlikely the system can sustain itself until they reach the age of 58 and can take a pension. It seems to me they should be demonstrating in support of pension reform, not against it? Can anyone from France comment? Sorry to post a political question but I hate to see a beautiful country torn down by all of this.