French Parliament gives government carte blanche on labour reform
PARIS — The French parliament has given President Emmanuel Macron’s government free rein to go through with its proposed labour reform, a highly sensitive issue in the country. The Senate, the upper house of parliament, voted 225-109 on Wednesday to allow the government to draw up a sweeping labour law during the summer and get the reform passed more quickly. The lower house, the National Assembly, gave its approval a day earlier.
The proposed bill was a key campaign promise of Macron’s, but is opposed by parties on the left, some trade unions and some members of the public.