French PM Valls stakes political career on union fight

A protester uses a tennis racket to return a tear gas grenade during a protest in Paris against government labour reformsEngaged in a fierce tug of war with unions and some of his own party over labour reforms, France’s embattled Prime Minister Manuel Valls has staked his political career on staring down the crisis. Valls finds himself in a devilish position, says Frederic Dabi of polling firm IFOP. “Despite his drop in opinion polls, Valls still has an image of strength, an image of authority — maybe a bit too much,” said Dabi.

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