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Hollande receives backing to force through labour reforms bypassing parliament

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French President François Hollande (L) and Prime Minister Manuel Valls shake hands after an extraordinay cabinet meeting

The French government has given its backing for President François Hollande to force through polarising deeply unpopular labour reforms without a parliamentary vote.

According to BBC, an extraordinary government meeting invoked the French constitution’s controversial Article 49.3, allowing the government to bypass parliament.

AFP reports that the proposed reform, which would simplify hiring and firing workers, has triggered waves of at times violent protests across France since early March.

An online petition against the so-called El Khomri draft law, named after Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, has attracted more than a million signatures while a poll showed seven in 10 people were against the proposed reforms.

«We must also give companies the opportunity to recruit more, to give job security to young people throughout their lives, and to provide flexibility for companies,» France’s President François Hollande has previously stated, insisting the bill would improve the prospects of young people.


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