France's senate has voted to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 despite the promise of new protests from unions.
The senate has adopted the contested article on the basic retirement age in a vote of 186 to 153. The article is part of a sweeping pension reform.
President Nicolas Sarkozy says the pension system is collapsing under debt.
The senate is expected to vote on the full reform next week.
Meanwhile, leading French unions have announced a new day of nationwide protests for October 16 over the pension changes.
Unions for railway drivers and some other industries are planning open-ended strikes starting on October 12.
Mr Sarkozy agreed to some changes to the Bill on Thursday but is sticking to raising the retirement age.