French train chaos strikes again as standoff with Macron deepens

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Planned three months of nationwide rolling rail strikes is seen as biggest challenge yet to Macron’s attempts to modernise the French economy.

The Macron Method exposed as social protests continue

France — Analysis

On Monday April 9th France's National Assembly is due to begin examining the government's proposed legislation for a “new railway agreement”. Yet the consultations with the unions about this new pact are still going on. Those unions - whose members began the latest round of two-day rail strikes on Sunday April 8th - are now dismissing the talks with the government as a “farce” and intend to step up their action. Their aim is to expose what they see as a deliberate method employed by President Emmanuel Macron's government: one of talking but not saying anything and of listening without hearing. Ellen Salvi examines the workings of the Macron Method.

Macron's high-risk spring as he faces worker discontent

France — Chronicle

This week is the start of a critical period in Emmanuel Macron's presidency. Workers from the rail industry, Air France and the supermarket chain Carrefour have been taking industrial action while students have held sit-ins at a number of universities. The government says that these various actions with their different causes show an irrational fear of the “new world” that is dawning. In fact, argues Hubert Huertas, these protests stem from a weariness with years of talk about the need for austerity and reform - and they could yet threaten the presidency's power.

French rail unions take on Macron with mass rolling strikes

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Just one in four trains were running in the Paris region as people made their way back to work on what French media dubbed 'Black Tuesday'.

France faces spring of discontent as workers fight Macron’s reforms

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Workers in transport and other public sectors plan strikes amid fears of protests in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the May 1968 uprising.

Air France cancels quarter of flights as staff strike

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Unions say the airline should share wealth with staff after strong results last year, but management higher salaries would put its growth at risk.

French public sector employees in nationwide strikes and protests

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State sector employees, and notably railway workers, staged one-day strikes and demonstrations across France on Thursday in protest at planned government reforms that will see spending cuts and job reductions and which President Emmanuel Macron's government intends introducing by decree and without parliamentary debate.

Ryanair urges European Commission to stop French strikes

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Airline says it has been forced to cancel 166 flights to, from and over France as French air traffic controllers go on strike again.

Rubbish piles up in Paris as binmen join anti-labour law reform protests

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Blockades at waste collection centres are preventing rubbish collection in the capital and other cities, while strikes are also disrupting rail services.

French PM vows no change to labour law reforms despite strikes

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Manuel Valls said French are 'too used to feeling that reform is impossible and it’s enough to contest it in the street for reform not to happen'.

As strikes begin Hollande insists labour law reform will not be removed

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The French president said the contoversial legislation offered 'best performance for businesses' and 'new rights to employees' will not be withdrawn.

France braced for transport sector chaos amid unfolding strike action

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Trades union protests against labour law reforms, along with separate pay demands, will this week see widespread rail and air transport strikes.

Blockades are a 'weapon to make people aware' say French labour law protesters

France — Report

Amid blockades of oil depots and strikes in a number of key sectors in France, opponents against planned labour law reforms in France took to the streets again on Thursday May 26th. Mediapart spoke to people taking part in a march in the city of Montpellier, in the south of France, to find out why they are protesting. The demonstrators say they fully back the strikes and blockades which they see as their equivalent of article 49-3 of the French Constitution which is being used to force the deeply-controversial reforms through Parliament. Timothée Aldebert reports.

France labour dispute: Hollande 'won't back down' over protests

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Speaking from G7 summit in Japan, French president insisted the changes that have sparked protests, strikes and blockades are 'good reforms'.

France labour dispute: wave of strike action nationwide

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Oil refineries, nuclear power plants and transport hubs were hit, motorways and bridges were blocked and protesters clashed with police.