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More details due on changes to French job contract

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More details due on changes to French job contract


The fate of France’s controversial CPE First Job Contract will be decided this week. French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin is expected to announce today how the government plans to revise the unpopular legislation in the hope of bringing two months of mass protests and strikes to an end.

Villepin will make a statement to the press before appearing on television in the evening. He will also have a meeting with French President Jacques Chirac to fully inform him of the decision taken by the ruling UMP party. The unions have given the government until the start of the parliamentary recess on Friday to repeal the legislation. The controversial part of the new law allows employers to fire workers under 26 at any time in the first two years of their contract without giving a reason. Fresh protests are planned for tomorrow. Students and unions say the action will continue until the CPE is abandoned completely.
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