Macron receives Scholz, reform of unemployment insurance and verdict on the Bretigny disaster

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A meal will allow to put oil in the Franco-German engine. Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Olaf Scholz will indeed try on Wednesday to relaunch their tandem, weighed down by a series of disputes, from energy to defense, against a backdrop of war in Ukraine. During a lunch at the Elysée Palace, the two leaders aim to “strengthen Franco-German cooperation” and to respond to common challenges in a “united and united manner”, summed up the French presidency on Tuesday. An ambition that poorly masks the sometimes gaping differences between the first two European powers and which led to the postponement for several weeks of a Franco-German Council of Ministers, the first of Olaf Scholz, scheduled for the same day near Paris.

The passage through the Senate box, with a right-wing majority, was particularly rapid for the unemployment insurance bill. The senators will indeed only need one day to adopt the text on Tuesday evening at first reading. They will now try to agree, with the deputies, on a common version in a joint committee. This text, carried by the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt, initially plans to extend the current rules of unemployment insurance, resulting from a disputed reform of the first five-year Macron period and which expire on November 1. It also triggers the possibility, by decree, of modulating unemployment insurance according to the job market. The left is for its part headwind against a text which “stigmatizes job seekers and makes them look like profiteers”.

This Wednesday, justice will deliver its verdict on the rail disaster of Friday July 12, 2013. The court of Evry will announce its judgment against the SNCF, SNCF Réseau and a former railway worker, nine years after the derailment of a train at Brétigny-sur-Orge station (Essonne), which had killed seven people and caused hundreds of psychological and/or physical injuries. The eight-week trial, which was held from April 25 to June 17, “was a test for the victims”, according to Me Alexandre Varaut. This Wednesday, the more than 200 registered civil parties are therefore hoping for “a deliverance”, insisted the lawyer, who defends about fifteen.

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