France’s government defied trade unions on Friday by including a contested clause on raising the retirement age by two years in its draft legislation, amid signs that weeks of street protests and strikes may be losing momentum.
French President Emmanuel Macron says Paris deeply respects the “security and sovereignty” of Iraq and pledges to keep in touch with Iraqi President Barham Salih to avert “further escalation of tensions” in the region, a day after a US airstrike assassinated Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
French union CGT called on Wednesday for more strikes in France this month after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to push through an overhaul of the pension system following weeks of nationwide strikes by trade unions.
French President, Emmanuel Macron, whose plans to reform the pension system have run into fierce public opposition, will forego a special presidential pension payout when he eventually steps down, his office said on Sunday.
The administration of President Emmanuel Macron finally revealed the details of their one-size-fits-all pension system which would be a world’s first and were greeted by universal condemnation by unions, NGOs and every political party except for the one created by Macron.
France is set to be paralyzed on Thursday by a nationwide strike by transport workers, teachers, and other professionals in a showdown between unions and President Emmanuel Macron over his planned pension reforms.