Se­nate OKs rail re­form:

Europe

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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)

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