Keyword: cuts

Teachers strike at French secondary schools abroad over spending cuts

A major French teachers' union organised strikes at almost 500 secondary schools around the world run by the France's education system in protest at new spending cuts it estimates will amount to 33 million euros and threaten 500 teaching jobs.

Macron plunged in crisis as humiliated general quits as forces' chief-of-staff

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Emmanuel Macron and General Pierre de Villiers. © Reuters Emmanuel Macron and General Pierre de Villiers. © Reuters

After a glowing political honeymoon on the international stage, President Emmanuel Macron was on Wednesday engulfed in his first crisis since his election in May after the chief-of-staff of France’s armed forces, General Pierre de Villiers, resigned amid a row between the two men over defence budget cuts. But while there is widespread outrage from the Left and Right at Macron’s humiliating treatment of de Villiers, who he rebuked in public over opposition to the cuts for a military the general says is at “breaking point”, the controversy has widened to the new president’s apparent contempt for parliament’s right to information. Lénaïg Bredoux reports.

Macron and top French general at war over defence cuts

French President Emmanuel Macron and army chief-of-staff General Pierre de Villiers are embroiled in an escalating public row over the announcement of a reduction of 850 million euros from the 2017 defence budget, with Macron ordering the general to toe the line and politicians of the Right and Left siezing one of their first opportunities to attack the new president's early measures.

French academics protest 'ruinous' budget cuts

Ministers promise to restore €70m cuts as researchers and lecturers take to streets in protest over universities that are 'literally in ruins'.

French unions furious at business proposals to cut holidays and working rights

Employers' federation calls for cutting two public holidays out of 11 and allowing the very poor to be paid less than the minimum wage.

French MPs pass welfare cuts

Despite abstention of 33 MPs from ruling Socialist Party, government cuts payroll taxes as third major union boycotts social conference.

France won’t cut spending on health care amid high social-security debt load

Health minister Marisol Touraine says health care spending will be maintained despite President Hollande's new pledge to reduce welfare 'abuses'.

France to 'cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030'

President François Hollande unveils plans to make France 'the nation of environmental excellence', aims to cut fossil fuel use in half by 2050.

Air France plans to cut 2,800 more jobs

The airline’s chief executive Frédéric Gagey blamed the cuts, to be carried out by the end of 2014, on 'weak demand'.

France 'to seek 14 billion euros in cuts next year'

Newspaper says government aims to tame deficit by reducing ministerial budgets, state aid to companies and local government funding.

Tempers fray in France as drastic cuts loom

Budget watchdog calls for new round of drastic cuts and an immediate freeze in public sector pay, warning public finances are badly off track.

France shunts new TGV projects into a siding

Government agrees to delay ten new railway projects, including new fast lines to Normandy, the Cote d’Azur and Spain, for at least 17 years.

Anger as France's Peugeot Citroen plans factory closure and 8,000 job cuts

Unions describe the announcement as a "declaration of war" and Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine says the cuts are "unacceptable".