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Hollande Faces Off With French Unions Over Labour Reform

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New labor reforms look set to signed into as soon as next week and public opinion is well against French President, Francois Hollande. The reforms are to be debated at France’s upper house as the President asserted that the reform “is going to go through because it has been debated, agreed on and amended”.

The new labor reforms ensure that employers will find it easier to hire and fire workers as President Hollande insists that the new laws are for the benefit of everyone as his administration attempts to reduce its unemployment rate from 10%.

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The new law has been strongly resisted by Unions and polls suggest that up to 90% of France’s work force oppose the new laws. The strike commenced on Tuesday and will again continue on Thursday as protesters took to the streets with some of the protests turning violent in the city of Rennes.

The Transport unions have planned rolling strikes on Tuesday and Thursdays every week up until July as they butt heads with a government which has refused to back down.

Hollande condemned the violence on Tuesday while acknowledging the right of citizens, “Demonstrating is a right, but smashing things up is a crime,” He said.

 

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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