Europe's 'secret hand' in France's divisive labour law

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While France’s socialist government has shown a willingness to negotiate in a number of social conflicts, most recently with that of the railways, it has remained intransigent in face of the massive contestation over its bill of reforms to the country’s labour laws. The dogged determination of the government to see its new labour law bill become legislation has seen it use a decree to get it through the National Assembly on its first passage, doing away with debate and a vote by MPs.