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2006-04-10 06:30:58

By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday scrapped a planned youth job law that provoked weeks of protests, in a climbdown opponents celebrated as an unqualified victory. The move was a personal blow to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who had championed the First Job Contract (CPE) and seen his popularity slump with the mass opposition and unrest. In a televised statement, Villepin said he regretted that weeks of strikes and protests...

2006-04-10 04:37:54

By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - France will scrap a planned youth job contract that has provoked weeks of protests and a political crisis, President Jacques Chirac said on Monday. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who has championed the job law and seen his poll ratings plunge as a result, said in a televised statement he regretted that events had shown the contract could not be applied. He did not spell out the implications for his own political future, put at risk as a...

2006-04-10 03:06:54

PARIS (Reuters) - France will replace a controversial youth job law with measures to help the most disadvantaged young people find work, President Jacques Chirac's office said on Monday. The announcement was made following a meeting with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and other senior members of the ruling UMP party. Villepin was due to announce details of the new measures at a news conference shortly.

2006-04-09 12:31:23

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin will announce on Monday how the government plans to revise an unpopular youth job contract in the hope of bringing more than one month of mass protests and strikes to an end. Villepin is to present President Jacques Chirac with the "agreed position" of the ruling UMP party on changes to the First Job Contract (CPE) at 8:30 a.m. (0630 GMT), sources at the presidency said. After the meeting Villepin will...

2006-04-09 10:55:45

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French unions threatened on Sunday to extend protests against a youth job contract unless President Jacques Chirac provides a clear solution to a crisis that has weakened his prime minister. Chirac will decide on Monday at a meeting with Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and ruling UMP party members how to make the new measure more acceptable to students and unions. Unions, who want the CPE first job contract repealed because it removes job...

2006-04-08 14:32:34

By Elizabeth Pineau PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac will meet his embattled prime minister and other members of the ruling party on Monday to finalize new proposals to end the political crisis over a youth job law. Opposition and student groups want the government to drop an unpopular "hire and fire" part of the legislation, after leading weeks of protests and strikes that have shut down schools and universities and sometimes ended in violence. Chirac, who signed...

2006-04-07 11:36:39

By Matt Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - France's ruling conservatives were set on Friday to outline possible steps to end a confrontation over a youth labor law that has sparked calls for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to step down. Some senior conservatives have mooted suspending the "easy hire, easy fire" contract for up to six months to give time to find an alternative. But unions, bolstered by mass street protests, are still insisting it be withdrawn outright. "If we don't get what...

2006-04-06 13:30:09

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin vowed on Thursday to battle on "until the end," rejecting growing speculation he might resign over a youth job law that has brought millions onto the streets. Villepin's popularity has slumped during weeks of protests against his First Job Contract (CPE) and the prime minister has also been weakened inside the ruling right after President Jacques Chirac promised changes to the CPE last Friday. But...

2006-04-06 08:45:52

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin vowed on Thursday to battle on "until the end," rejecting growing speculation he might resign over a youth job law that has brought millions onto the streets. Villepin's popularity has slumped during weeks of protests against his First Job Contract (CPE) and the prime minister has also been weakened inside the ruling right after President Jacques Chirac promised changes to the CPE last Friday. But...

2006-04-06 03:11:36

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin will speak out on Thursday on a crisis over a youth jobs law that has sparked speculation about his possible resignation, as students staged new protests. Villepin's popularity has slumped during weeks of protests against his CPE First Job Contract, and the prime minister has also been weakened inside the ruling right after President Jacques Chirac promised changes to the CPE last Friday. Instead of...


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