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 Minister Emmanuel Macron has stepped down from his post, confirmed the French presidency. The move has fueled speculation that Macron will launch a run for the presidency next year.
Talks over the hugely controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US are in danger as France pushes for an end to negotiations and a German minister says they have failed.
The number of Japanese without a job has fallen to a level not seen in over two decades. Still, the country faces tough challenges in the form of lackluster economic growth and stubbornly low inflation.
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.
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