For weeks, workers in France have been walking off the job to oppose plans to restructure state rail operator SNCF. But their efforts have been in vain. In a victory for French President Emmanuel Macron, the reforms are going ahead.
The French president has addressed a joint session of parliament in Versailles. Some right- and left-wing lawmakers boycotted the event, criticising his "monarchical" style.
France's Senate has voted in favor of Emmanuel Macron's reform plans for state rail operator SNCF. The reforms, which sparked months of strikes, are a key victory for Macron in his battle with France's unions.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are meeting to discuss the future of the EU. Both have presented their proposals and DW shows where they see eye to eye — and where they are at odds.
Demonstrations have turned violent in France as people protest against reforms to labor laws. President Emmanuel Macron is overhauling the state-owned railway network to rein in massive debt accumulated by the company.
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