French Par­lia­ment gives gov­ern­ment carte blanche on labour re­form

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

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.

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