The key advisors hoping to steer Macron's labour law reforms past the unions

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Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron has made the introduction of structural reforms in France one the priorities of his five-year term, beginning with a freeing-up of labour market regulations which he intends pushing through parliament this summer in the form of executive decrees. He began consultations with union leaders and employers this week, but he has made clear that the fundamentals are not negotiable, raising the prospect of a costly social conflict. To help steer this controversial and potentially divisive labour law reform into place a team of three key advisors have been appointed and who are profiled here by Dan Israel and Manuel Jardinaud.

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The result of legislative elections in France in June will be crucial to the success of President Emmanuel Macron’s raft of structural reforms which represent one of the pillars of his political programme. His hopes are pinned on his fledgling maverick centrist movement emerging with a parliamentary majority, or at the very least that a political majority in favour of his reforms will be returned, in order to introduce legislation for a pro-business reform of the labour market by autumn at the latest.