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France 'must make progress' on labour reforms, says PM

AFP archive | French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe on Tuesday said he wanted labour reforms to allow a wider range of working conditions to be set inside companies rather than at sectoral level, anticipating a degree of opposition from unions.


“We won’t agree on everything, but we must make progress,” Philippe said in a statement, confirming that executive decrees would be used to push the reforms through by the end of the summer following negotiations with the unions.

An attempt by the then-Socialist government last year to overhaul the labour code was met with nationwide street protests.

The latest move to ease labour regulations will be a test of newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron’s ability to push through his reformist agenda.


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