France - Controversial labour bill passes - August 31, 2016

As protesters marched through Paris, the lower house of Parliament passed without a vote a controversial labour proposal, which would give companies more power to dismiss workers and extend working hours. Now, the bill goes to the Senate and then returns to the lower house for a final decision later this summer. The trade unions organised an 11-hour march against the proposal. The adoption of the watered-down legislation comes after months of protests. Prime Minister Manuel Valls used a constitutional manoeuvre known as the ‘49-3 decree’ that forced the bill through Parliament without debate, telling Socialist members of Parliament that doing so was necessary because left-wing members had threatened to vote it down.

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