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Unions vs. Macron: Hun­dreds of thou­sands of French public­sec­tor work­ers went on strike this week to protest Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s plans to cut jobs and tighten pay con­di­tions. As civil ser­vants, teach­ers, trans­port work­ers, nurses, and air traf­fic con­trollers marched in cities across the coun­try, schools were closed, train ser­vices dis­rupted, and hun­dreds of flights can­celed—strand­ing 100,000 pas­sen­gers. Macron, who won the pres­i­dency on a pledge to stream­line France’s bloated bu­reau­cracy, wants to freeze public-sec­tor pay and cut 120,000 state work­ers over the next five years. But his plan to wa­ter down a wealth tax has seen him la­beled “pres­i­dent of the rich” by the Left, and he has fur­ther an­gered unions by call­ing op­po­nents of his re­forms “slack­ers.”

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