August 31, 2017 / 11:16 AM / a year ago

French PM says Macron has mandate for ambitions labor reform

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s prime minister said planned labor reforms unveiled on Thursday were “ambitious” and “balanced” and made necessary by decades of high unemployment.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

He acknowledged differences with unions persisted but said new President Emmanuel Macron and his government had won a popular mandate for change.

“No one can say current labor rules help jobs,” Edouard Philippe told a news conference as he revealed details of the reform package.

Labour Minister Muriel Penicaud said: “This is a transformation of labor rules on an unprecedented scale.”

Reporting by Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose; editing by Richard Lough

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