The French government's plan to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 has many people worried, especially those who work in physically demanding professions. Though the government says there will be possibilities for early retirement based on working conditions, we meet French metalworkers who remain concerned about their future. Also in this bulletin, Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing is raising wages for its Japanese employees by 40 percent. A week earlier, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida had urged companies to do more to help people with inflation. But first, we look at the World Bank's gloomy forecast for the world economy in 2023.
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