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No let-up in Macron's duel with unions on fifth day of strikes

12:21am IST

PARIS Trade unions called for more street protests after nationwide strikes aimed at forcing President Emmanuel Macron to abandon his pension reforms caused chaos on France's transport networks for a fifth day on Monday.

French unions dig in against Macron on fifth day of strikes

09 Dec 2019

PARIS, Dec 9 Drivers on two Paris metro lines voted on Monday to extend a walkout until the end of the week as France grappled with a fifth day of strikes, a sign transport workers will keep up a fight against President Emmanuel Macron's plans to streamline pensions.

As unions turn the screws, French PM says pension reform unavoidable

06 Dec 2019

PARIS French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday nationwide strikes in the public sector would not weaken his resolve to reform the pension system but promised workers would be spared a brutal transition to the new regime. | Video

French cosy up in carpools to beat transport strike

05 Dec 2019

PARIS Quentin Louedec, a 28-year-old engineer, usually struggles to find anyone wanting to share a ride on his daily three km (two mile) commute to the Val-de-Seine industrial zone in northern Paris. But not on Thursday.

French cosy up in carpools to beat transport strike

05 Dec 2019

PARIS Quentin Louedec, a 28-year-old engineer, usually struggles to find anyone wanting to share a ride on his daily three km (two mile) commute to the Val-de-Seine industrial zone in northern Paris. But not on Thursday.

Cobwebbed bikes and carpool apps: France braces for public sector strike

05 Dec 2019

PARIS, Dec 5 Commuters scrambled to fix up old bicycles, reserve carpool rides and arrange emergency childcare ahead of one of France's biggest public sector strikes in decades on Thursday.

French mariners fear watery grave for 17th century pension perks

29 Nov 2019

LA ROCHELLE, France Tugboat captain Jean-Yves Lagarde should be only 10 years from retiring thanks to special benefits for mariners that date back to the 17th century. But President Emmanuel Macron's ambition to simplify France's Byzantine pension system may scuttle his plan.

France pledges debt relief for hospitals, unions call another strike

21 Nov 2019

PARIS France will absorb 10 billion euros ($11.1 billion) of public hospital debt, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday, in an emergency measure designed to end months of protests by disgruntled doctors and nurses.

Remolding workers' rights; French plastics maker puts Macron reforms to the test

25 Oct 2019

MENETOU-RATEL, France Last year, Brice Thomas gathered colleagues in the finishing workshop of the French plastics factory where he works. He told them that, at a meeting with bosses, he had signed away some of their paid sick leave. | Video

France's National Assembly leader and Macron ally investigated in graft probe

12 Sep 2019

PARIS French National Assembly President Richard Ferrand was determined to stay in his job after investigating judges placed the close ally of President Emmanuel Macron under formal investigation in a financial impropriety case, his office said.

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