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Busy return for France’s PM

Busy return for France’s PM

By Staff Writer - August 28, 2017

President Macron with Prime Minister Philippe. Photo: Facebook Emmanuel Macron
President Macron with Prime Minister Philippe. Photo: Facebook Emmanuel Macron

The French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, has called the first Council of Ministers for Wednesday, August 30, during which a number of major legislation will be discussed and agreed.

Meanwhile, the five key ordinances to amend the Labour Code will be presented on Thursday and will be examined in the Council of Ministers on September 22 and signed by the Head of State.

While consultations with social partners, the unions and employers, have been held throughout the summer, a dispute with the unions is already building. A demonstration by the former-Communist CGT is scheduled for September 12 while Jean-Luc Mélenchon invited his supporters to “break” Paris on September 23.

The PM stated his case clearly: “The country needs transformation and the French know it,” he said on Monday.

However, last week President Macron warned that “the French hate reforms”. An Odoxa poll published on Monday by RTL showed that 56 percent of French people believe that the current Labour Code is a hindrance to hiring but 63 percent believe that the executive will not effectively carry out the reform.

An extraordinary session of Parliament will be convened the week of September 25 to examine the law against terrorism with the aim of lifting the state of emergency on November 1. It has been renewed six times since the attacks of November 2015.

Before launching the pension reform in 2018, further consultations will be held with the social partners in October to reform unemployment insurance, vocational training and apprenticeship for a law in spring 2018.


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