Macron's set to unveil proposed French labour law changes

Michele Moreno
September 1, 2017

In an interview before the measures were unveiled on Thursday morning, the French president said the country was "turning the page on three decades of inefficiency". On Ukraine, we have major differences with Vladimir Putin.

"A debate will take place in public now", he said.

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Macron vowed that an upcoming reform of labor rules would amount to a "Copernican revolution", in the way that trade unions and employers negotiate working conditions - comparing his reforms to the shift in perspective when Renaissance astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus formulated a model of the universe in which the Earth revolved around the sun.

President Macron's government began a push to revive the French economy today, laying out a revamp of labour laws to encourage employers to recruit and easing curbs on smaller businesses.

France's President on Monday welcomed the German chancellor and the Prime Ministers of Italy and Spain to Paris, where the leaders held a summit to examine further security measures that can be taken by the European Union to tackle the threat of terrorism.

French unions gave a mixed but mostly negative response to the changes, which will reduce their influence at company level, make it easier for firms to hire and fire, and will end the jobs-for-life culture that French ministers say is a brake on economic growth.

Even before the reforms were unveiled, the hardline CGT union called for a day of action September 12, and on Thursday it encouraged retirees and students to join in.

The boss of the hard-left Force Ouvriere (FO) union, Jean-Claude Mailly, said he disagreed with some of the changes, but like Berger suggested he would not recommend his members join street protests.

Thursday's reforms come at a pivotal moment for Macron's domestic agenda as he seeks to encourage entrepreneurship in France, where the unemployment rate of 9.5 percent is nearly double that of its large European rivals.

Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud described the reforms as "a transformation of labour rules on an unprecedented scale".

"It is a notable aggression against the labor law, with more premeditation", said Alexis Corbiere, Melenchon's spokesperson.

"We must see things as they are: We are the only major economy of the European Union which hasn't vanquished mass unemployment in more than three decades", Macron told the newsmagazine Le Point.

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