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Macron Government Pushes Pension Reform as Opposition Mounts

  • PM to meet unions again Thursday as strikes enter third week
  • Macron wants to maintain pension reform, open to improvements

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French President Emmanuel Macron signaled willingness to “improve” his pension reform plan on Wednesday in an effort to end a standoff with unions that showed no sign of abating.

Strikes that have gummed up the public transportation system, leaving millions to work out alternative ways of getting around, enter their third week on Thursday, with a fresh poll showing that support for the protests is growing.