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The problem with blatant ploys is that they always end up getting noticed. The method that underpins President Emmanuel Macron's approach to reforms, which has allowed him to roll out his policies with no real resistance for nearly a year, has now been exposed as a result of the unions' action against planned reforms to the national railway the SNCF. Yes, the government has continued to hold lots of meetings, and tries to insist, as transport minister Élisabeth Borne did in Le Parisien, that “no one can understand why the rail unions are taking part in a long and detrimental strike while we're half way in the consultations and the government is taking part in dialogue”. But the technique is no longer having the same effect.
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