French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is resorting to a decree to push through controversial labor reforms, sidestepping parliament. He has to survive a vote of confidence, first.
Nine public sector unions are engaged in a one-day strike to protest Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms. Schools, hospitals and transport are being affected.
The protesters oppose sweeping changes to France's labor code, which make it easier to lay off workers. But Macron defends his reforms, saying they're needed to bring down France's stubbornly high unemployment rate.
Signed by the president in a staged event in front of television cameras, the decrees are designed to give employers more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their workers. Some unions have objected.
French unions have called for new protests to President Macron's proposed labor reforms. Unions and political opponents are turning up pressure on the leader, who is facing major resistance for the first time.
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