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Labour reforms will be key test for France’s Macron

Monday, August 7, 2017

Significance

The labour market liberalisation sought by President Emmanuel Macron goes beyond the reform passed by the previous Socialist-led government last July, which lost some of its substance because of parliamentary obstruction.

Impacts

  • Controversy around Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud’s past stock option deals may undermine public support for the reform.
  • The planned labour market reform could reduce France’s unemployment rate in the medium to long term.
  • There is a risk of social and industrial unrest from September onwards as the most militant trade unions try to capsize the reform.
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