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2006-03-31 11:10:00

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac was due to address the nation on Friday after talks with his embattled prime minister and was expected to support a job law that has brought millions onto the streets in protest. Aides said Chirac would try to find a balance between supporting Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who he could lose if he withdraws the law, and showing that he is listening to critics in an effort to prevent more protests. Chirac, who was due to...

2006-03-31 07:55:00

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac held talks with his embattled prime minister on Friday ahead of an address to the nation in which he is expected to back a youth job law that has brought millions onto the streets in protest. If he signs the law, the president is likely to face more unrest. If he withdraws it, he could lose Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, a long-time ally seen as the man he would most like to eventually succeed him. Chirac...

2006-03-31 03:38:47

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac addresses the nation on Friday and is expected to back a youth job law that has driven millions to protest, rather than drop it and risk losing his prime minister. A top court, the Constitutional Council, on Thursday dismissed legal challenges to the CPE First Job Contract, handing the baton to the president. Parliamentary sources said they expected him to sign the law which includes the CPE before explaining his...

2006-03-30 17:01:43

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac will address the nation on Friday to explain his next move on a controversial youth jobs law that has brought millions to the streets in protest. A top court, the Constitutional Council, backed the law on Thursday, handing the baton to Chirac to decide what to do. He can sign the measure into law and risk more street protests or risk losing his prime minister if he withdraws it. Parliamentary sources expect him to...

2006-03-30 15:46:42

By Jon Boyle and Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac faced the tough decision on Thursday of whether to sign a youth job law and risk sparking more nationwide protests, or withdraw it and risk losing his prime minister. The Constitutional Council backed the law on Thursday, with no reservations, leaving its fate in Chirac's hands. He will address the nation on Friday at 1800 GMT. Parliamentary sources said they expected Chirac to sign the CPE jobs law on...

2006-03-30 15:15:05

By Jon Boyle and Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac faced the tough decision on Thursday of whether to sign a youth job law and risk sparking more nationwide protests, or withdraw it and risk losing his prime minister. The Constitutional Council backed the law on Thursday, with no reservations, leaving its fate in Chirac's hands. He will address the nation on Friday at 1:00 p.m. EST. Parliamentary sources said they expected Chirac to sign the CPE jobs law...

2006-03-30 07:10:39

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - All eyes were on Jacques Chirac on Thursday as the French waited to see whether their president would back a controversial youth jobs law despite massive protests or call for it to be modified or withdrawn. The first step in the countdown was expected on Thursday when the Constitutional Council was due to rule on the validity of the law, which Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has championed as a crucial tool to fight youth unemployment. Chirac...

2006-03-29 12:48:47

By Dominique Rodriguez PARIS (Reuters) - French unions on Wednesday called for a fresh one-day strike, stepping up pressure on Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin the day after millions marched to demand he abandon a contentious youth job contract. Villepin again refused to withdraw the measure but said he was open to improving it and urged his critics to await a court ruling expected on Thursday. The Constitutional Council will either support the law, say it violates the...

2006-03-29 04:54:11

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - French unions urged President Jacques Chirac to send legislation back to parliament stripped of the contentious CPE youth job contract, after millions joined nationwide rallies and a national strike against it. A government spokesman brushed off talk that Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin could resign if Chirac's support for the youth job law wavered, but the measure has deeply divided their ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). In a...

2006-03-28 15:00:00

By Kerstin Gehmlich and Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - At least one million people marched in French cities and unions staged a one-day national strike on Tuesday, urging the government to scrap a youth jobs law in one of France's biggest protests in decades. Unions and student groups said 3 million people took part in rallies across the country, including 700,000 in central Paris, where police used tear gas against hundreds of youths who threw bottles and Molotov cocktail petrol bombs. One...


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