French President Francois Hollande (L) and Prime Minister Manuel Valls shake hands after an extraordinay cabinet meeting about the labour reform law at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, May 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
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France's Socialist government planned Tuesday to bypass parliament to ram through a labor reform bill that has brought hundreds of thousands of protesters to the streets.But Hollande, the least popular leader in modern French history, has faced fierce and vocal opposition from within the ranks of his own party, making passage through parliament unlikely.An extraordinary Cabinet meeting was convened Tuesday to invoke the constitution's controversial Article 49.3, allowing the government to bypass parliament.The government says the new labor reform is designed to unlock the rigid job market and cut stubbornly high unemployment of around 10 percent – a pledge on which Hollande has staked his presidency.
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