French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday met with cabinet ministers to lay out his 2019 agenda for reform. Proposals include overhauls of France’s employment benefits and pension system as well as steep cuts in the public sector.

Macron has vowed to push ahead with the reforms – which he insists are necessary to get the ailing French economy back on track – despite a gruelling year that saw his approval ratings plummet and which were capped by the nationwide “Yellow Vest” protests.

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