PARIS French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Tuesday said he wanted labour reforms to allow a wider range of working conditions to be set inside companies rather than at sectoral level, anticipating a degree of opposition from unions.
"We won't agree on everything, but we must make progress," Philippe said in a statement, confirming that executive decrees would be used to push the reforms through by the end of the summer following negotiations with the unions.
An attempt by the then-Socialist government last year to overhaul the labour code was met with nationwide street protests. The latest move to ease labour regulations will be a test of newly-elected President Emmanuel Macron's ability to push through his reformist agenda.
(Reporting by Michel Rose and Richard Lough; Editing by Andrew Callus)