French president Emmanuel Macron has presented to unions his plans for landmark labour reforms, a flash point issue that sparked violent protests last year, amid signs the economy is finally gaining traction.
During his electoral campaign, Mr Macron, 39, made loosening labour market regulations a top priority, saying he would seek parliament’s approval over the summer for powers to push through legislation by means of executive decree.
The Europhile centrist wants to make hiring and firing easier and to move France’s collective bargaining on wages and working time from the industry to the company level, as well as placing a cap on severance packages awarded by industrial tribunals.
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