French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that his labour reform plan was ready to go, risking the ire of left-wingers whose votes he might hope to win in Sunday's run-off against Marine Le Pen.
in which Le Pen's pugnacious performance drew widespread criticism, Macron seemed confident of victory and keen to put forward his free-market agenda.
He assured a radio interviewer that, if elected, he would quickly bring in new changes to France's labour law, despite the strikes and protests sparked by those already made by the outgoing Socialist government of which he was a member.
His plan was "ripe" for implementation and could be passed by decree in the summer, he radio, insisting that a full debate had been held since "I've been talking about it since December".
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