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
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French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has announced that his government will likely overshoot the EU budget deficit target as it boosts security spending in the wake of the November 13 terror attacks in Paris.
The president of the EU executive has said France's extra spending to boost its security after the Paris attacks must not be treated as ordinary expenses. Hence, he added, it should be exempt from EU fiscal rules.
German Chancellor Merkel has called for indirect efforts to stem the flow of migrants to Germany. Calls from within her own ranks to set an upper limit on asylum seekers are still not part of her plan.