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Amid Political Challenges, France’s Macron Aims to Push Economic, Immigration Reforms

Macron lost his majority last year in the lower house of parliament

French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to make key economic, immigration and education reforms despite France's divisions and political challenges that have included months of protests against pension changes and recent rioting over a teen killed by police.

Macron said in a wide-ranging interview with Le Point published Thursday that he will meet next week with the country's "main political leaders" for talks about issues confronting France. The talks would be aimed at proposing new bills and possibly referendums, he said.

Macron last year lost his majority in the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, forcing him to use political maneuvering to pass any new legislation. That was "no big deal," he said in the interview, noting that his centrist government managed to pass some new laws since then with support from members of the center-left and the traditional right.

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