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Macron Tackles French Labor Law in First Push to Fix Economy

  • French president to meet unions, business leaders Tuesday
  • Previous French governments have stumbled on simplifying rules
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Emmanuel Macron begins work on Tuesday on what may be one of the defining issues of his presidency: simplifying France’s labor code.

On his 10th day in office, Macron and Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud are starting a round of meetings with France’s unions and business organizations to see if there’s any common ground for distilling the country’s byzantine labor rules and letting individual companies negotiate wages rather than being subject to industrywide agreements. The draft text of any new law isn’t expected until after legislative elections in June.