French President Emmanuel Macron came to office on a promise to reform the economy — especially state enterprises with entrenched interest groups. A majority of the population still backs him in his battle against the railway unions.
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.
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.
French railway workers are continuing their series of two-day protest strikes against the reform plans of President Emmanuel Macron. But a slight majority of the French people seem to be siding with the government.
France's public sector is on strike, with workers nationwide protesting cuts to labor protections proposed by Emmanuel Macron. Unions call the president's plans an attack on civil servants and their economic security.
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