French Senate approves SNCF overhaul, cementing Emmanuel Macron′s rail reforms | News | DW


French President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial reform package for the country’s state rail operator was overwhelmingly approved by the country’s Senate on Thursday.

The vote was seen by many as a crucial victory for the centrist president over the country’s powerful unions, and could pave the way for further public sector reforms. 

The Senate voted 245 to 82 in favor of the reforms, after Macron’s bill won a large majority in the lower house, the National Assembly, on Wednesday.

Under the new reforms, the loss-making rail operator SNCF will become a private joint-stock company with…



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