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France: Mass protests against Macron's economic policies

Protesters march across the country to protest against government plans to change labour law, scrap social benefits.

France: Mass protests

Hundreds of thousands of public sector workers have marched across France to protest against the government's economic policies, including plans to reform public services and slash jobs.

Staff from the national railway company, commonly known as SNCF, were joined on Thursday by employees of the national carrier Air France and other public servants as they took to the streets of the capital, Paris, and other major cities.

The ministry of interior said 323,000 people took part in the nationwide protest, while the country's second largest trade union, the General Confederation of Labour, put the number at about half a million.

The demonstrators are protesting President Emmanuel Macron's plans to trim retirement benefits overhaul unemployment insurance and allow SNCF’s competitors to enter the French market.

Edouard Philippe, France's prime minister has previously said the government cannot not afford to sustain the same level of spending.

"The world is changing, the SNCF must change with,” he said in February. “Faced with competition, SNCF cannot remain the only company to recruit workers under a special status."

SNCF staffs currently enjoy lifelong civil-servant-like contracts.

Public servants - including air traffic controllers - have also voiced their opposition to the government’s intention of introducing new ordinary work contract and recruiting more staff.

Workers are planning to hold protests two days out of every five through April to June.

This is not the first time workers have taken to the streets to demonstrate against Macron's labour plans.

Protests erupted last year to denounce legislation that would make employment contracts more flexible.


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