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Macron signs sweeping labour reforms into law

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday signed sweeping changes to France’s complex labour code into law, sealing a signature reform after four months at the helm. The measures, which have triggered mass protests, are designed to give employers more flexibility to negotiate pay and conditions with their workers and makes it easier to lay off

Macron signs controversial labour reform into French law

After three months of discussion with unions and employers, Macron signed his government’s priority legislation live on TV. Although the main points were announced during Macron’s election campaign and debated in about 80 meetings, the “social partners” had just two hours to read the final 159-page version of 36 changes to French labour law. Macron,

World’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, dies, aged 94

21 October 1922: born Liliane Schueller in Paris to L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller and Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux, a pianist; 1927: Death of Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux; 8 June 1950: Marries André Bettencourt; 1937: Internship at L’Oréal; 1953: Daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers born; 1957: Inherits father’s fortune on his death; 1987: Sets up charitable foundation

World’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, dies, aged 94

21 October 1922: born Liliane Schueller in Paris to L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller and Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux, a pianist; 1927: Death of Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux; 8 June 1950: Marries André Bettencourt; 1937: Internship at L’Oréal; 1953: Daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers born; 1957: Inherits father’s fortune on his death; 1987: Sets up charitable foundation

World’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, dies, aged 94

21 October 1922: born Liliane Schueller in Paris to L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller and Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux, a pianist; 1927: Death of Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux; 8 June 1950: Marries André Bettencourt; 1937: Internship at L’Oréal; 1953: Daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers born; 1957: Inherits father’s fortune on his death; 1987: Sets up charitable foundation

World’s richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt, dies, aged 94

21 October 1922: born Liliane Schueller in Paris to L’Oréal founder Eugène Schueller and Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux, a pianist; 1927: Death of Louise Madeleine Berthe Doncieux; 8 June 1950: Marries André Bettencourt; 1937: Internship at L’Oréal; 1953: Daughter Françoise Bettencourt Meyers born; 1957: Inherits father’s fortune on his death; 1987: Sets up charitable foundation

French press review 22 September 2017

Peace has returned to northern Mali, according to Libération. Earlier this week in Bamako, a definitive ceasefire was agreed between former rebels seeking independence and various armed groups supporting the government. Clashes between the two sides have undermined the peace deal signed in Algiers in 2015. Observers say the next 15 days will be crucial,

Le Pen top aide sidelined as scapegoat, as FN rebuilds

FN vice-president Florian Phlippot unexpectedly announced he was leaving the party on a live television news programme. He had been demoted the night before, relieved of his strategy and communications responsibilities, officially because he had conflicts of interest. In mid-May, right after the election, Phlippot started an association called The Patriots which he saw as

Marine Le Pen’s top aide quits National Front party

Florian Philippot announced his departure on France 2 television, after Le Pen stripped him of most of his responsibilities. “Listen, I don’t like being ridiculed, I’ve never liked having nothing to do, so sure, I’m quitting the National Front,” the party’s 35-year-old vice president said. Philippot said he believed that the National Front party’s attempt