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 economy is recovering at a pace insufficient to combat high unemployment - and the government may need to extend its already unpopular labor reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned.
Riot police in France have used tear gas and water cannon to break up a protest blocking a key fuel depot near the southern port of Marseille. Pickets over labor reforms have caused gasoline shortages around the country.
What will be the legacy of Francois Hollande's time in office? The answer: nothing, so far. But the French President could go down in history if he holds his position on labor market reform, says DW's Max Hofmann.
Truckers blocked roads across France while radical groups brawled with the police, kicking off the week of protests against government's labor reform. President Hollande said he would "not back down" on the bill.
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