PARIS (AP) — Train workers, hospitals staff, students, retirees, lawyers and magistrates: they are all protesting the way President Emmanuel Macron’s government is changing France.
Macron is appearing on national TF1 television Thursday to respond to the daily concerns of the French and defend his economic policies and tax changes.
The government’s strategy is to go fast and hope protest actions will lose momentum. But a bill aimed at preparing the national railway company SNCF to open up to competition has prompted strikes that have massively disrupted train traffic.
Polls show the majority of the French approve the changes to rail service — but a growing minority support the strikes. It’s shaping up as Macron’s biggest challenge as president so far.
Meanwhile, protests in other sectors are also building.