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Strikes upset France's reform calculus

Labour Reforms

Swaha Pattanaik 

Swaha Pattanaik French labour reforms are sparking a wave of social unrest that could mess up President Francois Hollande's calculus. The measures were supposed to improve the economic prospects of a country that has slipped down the World Economic Forum's global competitiveness rankings over the past decade to 22nd. The backlash could, however, water down their benefits. Anti-reform strikes have spread to French ports, oil refineries, and railways, while blockades of fuel supply depots have forced some petrol stations to ration motorists. The longer this drags on, the bigger the short-term risks to ...

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First Published: Tue, May 24 2016. 21:21 IST