Rubbish piled in streets and schools closed in France as protests over pension age continue

Plumes of smoke rise from burning pile of debris blocking the ongoing traffic on A620 highway in La Cepiere, Toulouse Photo: Twitter @Talilyte/via Reuters

John Irish and Ingrid Melander

Train services were disrupted and some schools shut while rubbish piled up on the streets of France as part of a ninth nationwide day of strikes against a deeply unpopular bill to raise the pension age.