France has long prided itself on its generous labor laws, that give workers more security and more perks than in most European countries. But hit by the eurozone crisis and an ageing population, France now needs reform
France's parliament will hold a final vote on controversial job market reforms on Wednesday. The government wants to finally lock the reforms down. But the workers' unions are still mounting a bitter resistance.
Hollande and religious leaders have pushed for solidarity as the country remains on high alert following an attack at a church. Angela Merkel also expressed her condolences in a letter to the president.
French prime minister Manuel Valls has used a constitutional article to force through a divisive labor reform bill in its final reading, bypassing a vote in the parliamentary lower house amid opposition from lawmakers.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has invoked a constitutional article to force through an unpopular labor law, bypassing the lower house. The legislation, opposed by socialist lawmakers, led to months of strikes.
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