PARIS – France's labor minister has conceded that her planned reforms to the country's work practices won't on their own miraculously reduce the country's unemployment rate.
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Muriel Penicaud said Friday on France Info radio the labor reform plan outlined on Thursday "is not a magic wand" for reducing unemployment. That, she said, will require a "consistent set of policies" including reforms to job training that will be launched next year.
Her comments come a day after President Emmanuel Macron's government unveiled measures to trim union powers, make it easier for firms to hire and fire and give a bigger voice to small businesses.
Unions are protesting the proposals, which were a cornerstone of Macron's election campaign earlier this year. The CGT union said 65 demonstrations are scheduled across France on Sept. 12.