The Guardian - Half a million to strike as unions warn talks are ‘going backwards’

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The Guardian warns that “significant disruption” is predicted on Wednesday as up to half a million workers go on strike. Thousands of schools will shut, rail lines will close and border operations will be disrupted, it says, adding that unions say negotiations on ending industrial action are “going backwards”.

The front page reports on the police response to the Hillsborough tragedy and the apology from the chiefs. 

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Pension reform poses biggest challenge to Macron’s legacy as a reformer

A feeling of d?j? vu pervaded the French capital on Monday as hundreds of thousands of protesters unfurled their posters and strikes paralysed public transport in opposition to the government’s announced pension reform. The proposed changes, a cornerstone of Macron’s reform agenda but also a high-stakes test of his reputation as a reformer, are particularly controversial at a time when many French households are struggling with inflation and rising energy prices.

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