PARIS – Growth despite strikes

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire is confident about the French economy despite the recent strikes. Growth should reach 1.3% in 2020, the same as 2019, he told the Journal du Dimanche, though shop owners are already worried about weak sales.

He also insisted on the need to pursue the government’s pension reforms. According to an IFOP poll, public support for the strike has fallen to 41% compared to more than 50% before Christmas.

The strike has been going on for one month now, and the government does not want to withdraw its pension reform plan as it is also an international credibility issue for Macron.

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