French govt vows to push labor reforms

2017-09-14 02:27:27 GMT2017-09-14 10:27:27(Beijing Time) Agencies

The French government will press ahead with President Emmanuel Macron's flagship labor reforms despite the first mass protests against his pro-business agenda, a leading minister said Wednesday.

"It stems from a campaign promise made by Emmanuel Macron," Work Minister Muriel Penicaud said. "We are implementing the things that the French people asked us to do, so we're not going to back down," she told BFM television.

Around 200,000 people according to police - 500,000 according to organizers - answered a call from the Communist-backed CGT trade union to strike and protest nationwide on Tuesday against Macron's proposals.

The business-friendly 39-year-old wants to make France more attractive for both local companies and foreign investors who have long complained about restrictive workplace rules.

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