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France to Push Through With Labor Reform Plan, PM Philippe Says

Tuesday’s protests across France won’t deter the government from pushing through its plan to loosen the country’s labor law, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.

Some modifications could result from final talks with trade unions and business groups, but the decrees will be published as planned at the end of September, Philippe said Wednesday during an
interview on France2 television.

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“I don’t see this as an arm-wrestling exercise; I see it as putting into effect what the French elected us to do,” Philippe said.

The CGT union, which organized protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s flagship labor reforms, said 400,000 people protested across France, including 60,000 in Paris.

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