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Macron Faces First Big Street Protests, a Challenge to His Labor Overhaul – New York Times

But the government is not expected to budge. Mr. Macron is enacting the overhaul to the labor rules by decree, and the changes are expected to be implemented this month.

Undercutting the protests’ impact are union divisions, with only one major union mounting full-throated opposition.

Only the hard-line General Confederation of Labor, or C.G.T., called on its members to demonstrate on Tuesday. Several other major unions chose to compromise with the government and try to shape its policies to make them more acceptable to workers.

Alain Cure, a 66-year-old elementary-school principal in Paris and a union member, said it was “important to show that we, as union workers, are united.”

Mr. Cure, who was waiting for a march to start on the Place de la Bastille in Paris, said that although the labor overhaul would not affect him, it was important to send a message ahead of other planned changes. Mr. Macron’s government is also planning to overhaul France’s pension and unemployment systems.

“If Macron passes the reforms, then he will have more powers to pass further reforms,” Mr. Cure said.


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Macron Faces First Big Street Protests, a Challenge to His Labor Overhaul – New York Times

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