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La­bor against Macron: Tens of thou­sands of union mem­bers and left­ists protested in every ma­jor French city this week against Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s move to bring French la­bor laws closer to EU norms. The changes make it eas­ier to hire and fire work­ers, as well as let smaller busi­nesses per­form their own la­bor ne­go­ti­a­tions in­stead of hav­ing to fol­low in­dus­try­wide agree­ments—re­forms that econ­o­mist Gilbert Cette said would amount to “a big bang in the func­tion­ing of the French la­bor mar­ket.” Macron of­fended many French cit­i­zens last week by say­ing op­po­nents of the re­forms were “slack­ers,” and some demon­stra­tors car­ried “Slack­ers, unite!” signs. Macron didn’t see the demon­stra­tions, as he was tour­ing France’s Caribbean is­lands to sur­vey dam­age from Hur­ri­cane Irma.

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