Strikes in France: Emmanuel Macron's Approval Rates Falls, 200000 Protest Reforms

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Having chosen this battlefield, he can't afford to lose without jeopardizing his entire reform agenda.

Macron's approval rating decline comes amid nationwide protests where tens of thousands of nurses, teachers, airline controllers, train conductors and a host of other public sector workers went on strike yesterday in solidarity against Macron's reforms. The strikes forced the cancellation of 30% of flights in and out of Paris, and. The government has insisted that it will stay the course of reforms to cut state spending in the tightly controlled public sector labour markets and railroad system in order to stimulate the stagnant economy.

"The situation is very different from 1995".

More than 200,000 workers and students joined in protests around the country, about 48,000 of them in Paris, according to a consortium of journalism organizations that hired a company to estimate crowd sizes to avoid relying on police estimates.

Several politicians joined the demonstrations such as the leader of the movement France Insumise, Jean-Luc Melenchon, who advocated for a united front against government plans. In Paris, there were clashes between the protesters and the police force.

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In addition to high-speed services, Rinaudo says Thello also plans to bid for contracts to operate Public Service Obligation (PSO) regional services in France when regional governments begin competitive tendering in 2019. Although Metro services were running as normal, RER and Transilien commuter trains were severely disrupted.

'We had monitored him and thought there was no radicalisation, the minister said.

The protesting and strikes caused disruption with public transportation in Paris. Their president Emmanuel Macron hasn't faced protests like this since he started a year ago, but he's not backing down.

Public opinion is largely behind his bid to remove some job privileges for new hires at debt-laden state railway operator SNCF and many analysts believe the reform effort is a crucial test of strength.

At Paris Orly airport, passenger Noemie Danican had just learned her EasyJet flight to Toulouse, in southern France was canceled.

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These reforms are meeting with serious disapproval from public sector workers and those in the labor union movement in France.

"Either the government listens or civil service workers will be extremely mobilized".

Earlier on Thursday, after British Prime Minister Theresa May met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in the margin of the European Union summit in Brussels, a spokesperson of Downing 10 claimed that "the UK, Germany and France reaffirmed that there is no plausible explanation other than that the Russian state was responsible". Parents and relatives have been told not to come to pick them up.

"These strikes are always hard and we know that is not good for transport users and the public in general", Yves Veyrier a spokesman for the union Force Ouvriere told The Local.

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