French Minister: The impact of strikes on the economy will be limited


French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said the strikes against pension reform, which continue for 41 days, would have a limited impact on the country’s economy.

In a statement to C News Channel, on pension reform that has triggered strikes and prostitutes in the country, Le Maire defended his idea that pension reform would bring about a fair system. He criticized those opposed to the reform, adding that unions must reach agreement with the government.

“The impact of the strikes on the country’s economy will be limited,” Le Marie said, defending the idea that his country’s economy is strong and has the capacity to overcome this crisis.

According to French press reports, restaurants and hotels in Paris have suffered a loss of about 740m euros due to the strikes.

The strikes also cause a damage of 20m euros a day to the French National Railway Company (SNCF), while the company’s total losses so far have reached 820m euros.

Reactions to pension reform

The strikes that have begun in France against President Emmanuel Macron’s government pension reform continue on their 41st day. With serious disruptions in public services, health and transportation, they paralyze daily life in the country.

Since December 5, there have been numerous protests against reform throughout the country and mainly in Paris on various days. AA photojournalists Mustafa Yalçın and Dursun Aydemir were also injured during the protests that turned violent as a result of police intervention.

The French prime minister, Edouard Philippe, has declared a temporary withdrawal from the implementation of pension reform, which provides for workers to receive full pension at the age of 64.

While Macron’s government insists on implementing the reform, unions are demanding that the reform be withdrawn.

Unions in the country have called for nationwide protests on Jan. 16 against pension reform.

According to a recent survey, 75 percent of French people want the reform to be withdrawn or changed.


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