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'Macron method' ruffles feathers at home, and abroad


Economically, France is doing better than it has in a long time. Growth is up, unemployment is down and business activity remains high.

But the fierce protests over reforms of the retirement system are continuing, and look likely to continue into the new year, leaving observers baffled and trying to make sense of the apparent contradiction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 02, 2020, with the headline ''Macron method' ruffles feathers at home, and abroad'. Subscribe