Senate OKs rail reform:
The French Senate has approved a landmark overhaul of state rail operator SNCF, cementing one of the key reforms launched by President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to improve public finances.
Senators passed the rail reform by a vote of 245 to 82, just a day after lawmakers in the National Assembly approved the final bill.
Macron pushed ahead with his overhaul despite fierce resistance from labour unions, which have carried out their longest strike action in three decades on the railways to try to force the government to back down. (AFP)