French Labor Reform

Planned Demonstrations Against French Labor Reform Unlikely To Leave Mark

Upcoming protests against Macron's labor reform agenda probably won't cause major disruptions.

By Predata staff

September 10, 2017
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Back in June, France's powerful CGT union announced that on September 12 it would lead a strike and protest against the Macron government's labor law reform agenda. But with just two days until the action, Predata signals that anticipate anti-labor reform demonstrations and civil unrest in general have remained at low levels. This suggests that though marches will take place in Paris and other major French cities -- and there is always the possibility of confrontation between agitators and police -- Tuesday's demonstration is unlikely to reach the same level of intensity as the wave of civil unrest that gripped the country in spring 2016, when a first round of reforms was debated. Another protest, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise planned for September 23, is poised to be more impactful.