September 13, 2017 / 10:05 AM / 9 months ago

Impact of French labour reforms will be felt in 12-18 months - minister

LONDON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The positive impact of a raft of labour market reforms introduced by French President Emmanuel Macron will be felt within 12 to 18 months, junior economy minister Benjamin Griveaux said during a visit to London on Wednesday.

Speaking the day after one of France’s three major labour unions staged demonstrations against the reform package, Griveaux said it was important to implement the plans early in Macron’s five-year term so that the benefits could be felt by the French people as soon as possible.

Asked about a slump in Macron’s popularity ratings since he was elected in May, Griveaux said: “If you run a country by watching your popularity rating every day, you don’t do much.” (Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Kate Holton)

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