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Macron’s mandate to reform may not last the summer

Monday, June 19, 2017

Significance

Of the 577 seats, 39% are held by women and 75% by deputies who were not in the parliament of 2012 -- both records. The Socialist Party was nearly wiped out and the Republicans left severely weakened.

Impacts

  • Tangible measures such as increasing the number of visas for researchers will draw broad support.
  • Macron’s start-up vision is at odds with France’s labour market protections, which workers will not relinquish easily.
  • Popular protest against labour reforms remains a possibility, but dialogue with the unions may stand a better chance this time.
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