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A protester jumps over a burning garbage can during clashes in Lyon, central France, on Tuesday. Some airliners steered clear of France and police clashed with stone-throwing youths Tuesday as a new round of nationwide strikes and protests over a bill raising the retirement age to 62 kicked off. (Associated Press)

A protester jumps over a burning garbage can during clashes in Lyon, central France, on Tuesday. Some airliners steered clear of France and police clashed with stone-throwing youths Tuesday as a new round of nationwide strikes and protests over a bill raising the retirement age to 62 kicked off. (Associated Press)

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