‘Slackers’ protest labour reforms
PARIS : President Emmanuel Macron has sparked a backlash by calling opponents of his labour reforms “slackers,” and the word became a rallying cry on Tuesday for thousands taking to the streets against the overhaul.
“Macron, you’re screwed, the ‘faineants’ (slackers) are in the street,” chanted crowds marching in Paris as part of a nationwide day of strikes and protests against Macron’s flagship reforms.
Others held banners that read “Slackers of the world unite” and “Proud to be slackers”, while a tiny old lady brandished a homemade sign reading “Retired slacker”.
Macron, a 39-year-old centrist, came to power in May vowing to simplify France’s notoriously complicated labour rules as part of a pledge to reinvigorate the sluggish economy.
Macron’s rivals seized on the implication that some of his critics were simply lazy, with far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon concluding: “Macron doesn’t like French people”.
Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader who fought Macron for the presidency, chipped in sarcastically: “Macron’s declarations of love to the French people just keep piling up.” AFP
A woman holding a poster with the writing ‘I am a slacker’ during a protest against labour reforms in Nantes on Tuesday.