“Macron’s resignation today! One day is enough.” The slogan has echoed from Twitter to the streets, at protests convened by the organization “Social Front.” They marched in Paris after the election of Emmanuel Macron as president. Between 7,000 and 10,000 people (1,600, according to the police) responded to the call by some federations of the CGT, Sud, UNEF and the movements that fought against the “Loi Travail,” the labor law reform supported by the new president of the French republic, when he was a member of the Socialist government.
Macron included as the first step of his program a new reform of the labor code defined as a “simplification.” He also promised a new attack against national contracts in favor of corporate contracts. In short, he assured greater freedom to employers in defining “the actual duration of the job,” which is the number of hours worked by employees. For the old network of business associations around Europe and the French Medef, El Khomri’s version of the Loi Travail was not enough. After the legislative elections in June, the fight for the disintegration of the rules of labor law and insecurity will begin again.
There is concern for the legislative instrument Macron intends to use: the decree for “ordinances.” He is choosing to continue the trend set by the Socialist government of Manuel Valls, which suspended the parliamentary debate by applying the notorious Article 49.3 of the Gaullist Constitution. The state of emergency, that was declared in the country for anti-terrorist operations, was applied to approve the most contested reform in the history of the Fifth Republic. They seem to be a premise for a return of the social opposition to a liberal concept of the labor market, which has already razed the Socialists.