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French PM to send proposals to unions on pensions reform

FILE PHOTO: French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe speaks during the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday he will send written “concrete proposals” to unions about the government’s pensions reform plan, hoping to reach a compromise and end more than a month of public sector strikes over the issue.

“Tonight, we made good progress in view of the compromise we would like to reach (...) but there’s still work to do,” he said after holding meetings with unions on Friday, a day after new protest marches took place nationwide.

Philippe said he would meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday before sending the proposals.

Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Susan Fenton