France pledges ‘structural reforms’ after Fitch downgrade
02 May 2023 | 5:43 am
Finance Minster Bruno Le Maire said his government's determination to consolidate public finances was "total." The major public protests against a pension reform made credit ratings agency Fitch more skeptical.
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France's government decided to bypass the lower house of parliament with contested pension reforms. The snap decision came moments before a planned vote, sparking fury inside and outside of parliament.
French President Emmanuel Macron said he expected the pension reform bill to be enacted by the end of the year. The pension fight has brought him to the lowest point of his presidency's second term.
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