French PM to push labour reform through parliament
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France's government decided on Tuesday to bypass parliament and impose a relaxation of the country's protective labour laws by decree, sidestepping a rebellion against one of the flagship reforms of Socialist President Francois Hollande's tenure.
The decision, announced by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, follows weeks of street protests and the realisation that opposition from lawmakers within his own ruling party looked certain to prevent approval in parliament of a bill that seeks to make hiring and firing easier.
Hollande, who has said he can only consider running for re-election next year if he makes inroads against a jobless rate of more than 10 percent, hopes the reform will encourage firms to recruit. A clause in France's Constitution - known as 49.3 - allows for reform by decree.
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