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Resistance to Macron's Pension Reform Roils France

Dec 5, 2019 | 20:44 GMT

Emmanuel Macron faces one of the most important tests of his presidency. Hundreds of thousands of protesters opposing his plan to restructure France’s pension system took to the streets of Paris and other cities across the country Dec. 5. Public sector workers in the transportation, education and other sectors have gone on strike, adding to the disruptions. But although the French government has outlined its plan for pension reform, it hasn't announced details of its implementation. This gives Paris room to adjust its plan to appease angry workers without appearing too weak. But should public resistance force the government to abandon pension reform altogether, Macron's authority, both domestically and at the EU level, would suffer a blow. This would make it more difficult for the government to push for future domestic and economic reforms, either at home or abroad....

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