A youth employment measure that has provoked protests throughout France will become law, French President Jacques Chirac said Friday. In a televised address, Chirac told the nation he would modify the CPE law's most unpopular clauses. He pledged to reduce the period to one year, rather than two in which youths could be fired. Employers must provide valid reason for any dismissals, the president said.
Chirac said he signed the law because it previously had been approved by parliament. He said the law would create employment opportunities for young people entering the workforce. However, the president cautioned that employers should not put the law into practice until he explores further talks with trade union and business leaders.
Union leaders responded to Chirac's statements by announcing they will hold another one-day strike on Tuesday, April 4.