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Macron's economic plans 'cut and pasted' from EU policies

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For some years the European Union has been recommending that France carry out a series of policy initiatives in key areas such as public finances, pensions, unemployment benefit, workers' rights and even large-scale infrastructure projects such as digital development. Now, says Mediapart's Martine Orange, these policies have found a home – in centrist candidate Emmanuel Macrons's manifesto for the French presidency. In some cases they are almost word for word.

 

French finance minister says government will hold firm on labour reform

Michel Sapin says plan to overhaul labour law is crucial to proving France can reform and will go ahead despite protests and refinery blockades.

The anger and doubts fuelling France's oil refinery protests

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Police move in to clear a blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in southern France on Tuesday May 24th, 2016. © Reuters Police move in to clear a blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in southern France on Tuesday May 24th, 2016. © Reuters

Many oil refinery workers, rail workers and aviation staff are on strike or set to go out on strike as France suffers fuel shortages and a power struggle between the government and those opposed to controversial labour law reforms. Union activists have criticised the “extremely violent” actions of the state in removing the blockade at the Fos-sur-Mer oil refinery in the south of France. But despite the growing impact of their industrial action, union militants admit that they will not continue the action on their own indefinitely without the help of workers in other sectors. Mathilde Goanec reports.

France's emergency laws used to ban activists from labour reform protests

Unions have planned two days of protest and called strikes in the air transport, road freight, rail and oil sectors against the proposed reforms.

Hundreds of thousands join French day of protest against labour reforms

New test of strength for President Hollande as protesters challenge plans to change labour laws in way that unions say favours businesses.

France braced for fresh protests over labour reforms

Protests over planned employment law changes led by student groups and unions are yet another challenge for embattled President Hollande.