August 31, 2017 / 11:21 AM / 10 months ago

French PM says Macron has mandate for ambitions labour reform

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

FILE PHOTO - 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 labour 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 labour rules on an unprecedented scale.”

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

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