France scraps new job law

Prime minister bows to pressure from youth, unions
||Last Updated: 05/24/2006

After weeks of protests by youth and union members in Paris and other cities, the French government has abandoned a job law that would make it easier for businesses to hire, and fire, young workers.

President Jacques Chirac announced the decision earlier this week, but ultimately it was the country's Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin who bowed to pressure and decided to scrap the law.

De Villepin addressed the nation to express his regret over the failure of the law and announced that new measures were being presented to parliament. The government will introduce a new policy, not a new law, that will directly help disadvantaged youth.