Strikes in France: Emmanuel Macron's Approval Rates Falls, 200000 Protest Reforms

Marsha Scott
March 26, 2018

The list now also includes Angelo Frebault, who until las week was the spokesman of the union movement that held a general strike to force the government to shelve its plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.

However, the union said many teachers had refrained from walking out for fear their protest would be lost in the clamour over the rail dispute, where half of local TER trains are not running.

The workers of the National Railroad Society protested the railroad reform promoted by the authorities, considered the beginning of the destruction of that sector model of public service in France.

Plans to use more contractors and increasingly offer pay based on merit, rather than on experience, are also seen by unions as attacks on traditional job security.

Turnout was much stronger amid railway staff, who grounded sixty percent of fast trains and 75 percent of inter-city trains, while 30 percent of flights to and from Paris airports were cancelled.

Railway workers are anxious by government plans to scrap job-for-life guarantees and automatic annual pay rises.

Abdeslam, a French citizen born and raised in Brussels, went on trial in Belgium last month. Recent surveys suggest that while a large chunk of voters support the strikes, a majority backs the reforms, Reuters reported.

Anyway, analysts coincide in what is most important will be the political cost for the still young government of Emmanuel Macron, whose main figures reaffirmed the decision to go forward with the reforms, at any price.

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In 1995, the centre-right Government of Alain Juppe, the Prime Minister of then-President Jacques Chirac, withdrew proposals to overhaul railway pensions after a strike brought the country to a standstill.

But he was forced to concede after the country's powerful unions adopted a hard-line stance, sending thousands to the streets in demonstrations that paralyzed the nation.

"We have therefore introduced a more flexible rebooking policy to help customers travel on alternative dates and avoid the strike action".

Similarly the tweet below shows the scenes of destruction in central Paris while describing the situation as "still very tense" near Bastille. "At the time there was a big discrepancy with what the government had promised during the elections and what they eventually did".

The French president further said that France and Germany would soon take coordinated decisions in light of a nerve agent attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal in the UK.

Strikes are planned for the following dates. The risk will come in the longer term if unions are able to persuade their members to stay home for longer, which could lead to wider economic repercussions.

France's President Macron presents measures to boost use of French overseas on the International Day of Francophonie Thomson Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited French President Emmanuel Macron to address Congress when he visits Washington in April, Ryan's office said on Wednesday.

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