Macron's Biggest Reform Test

Macron's Biggest Reform Test

Macron's Biggest Reform Test

Hundreds of thousands of French took to the streets to say No to the plans of Emmanuel Macron's government in a day where agitation and demands flooded the national territory.

Macron said investigators are trying to establish how the suspect obtained the gun used in the attack in Trebes and nearby city of Carcassonne, where officials say the 26-year-old hijacked a auto and claimed his first victim.

Moroccan-born Lakdim was known to authorities for petty crimes, but had been under surveillance by security services in 2016-2017 for links to the radical Salafist movement, said Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, who is leading the investigation.

This handout picture taken in Carcassone military headquarters in 2018 and released by the Gendarmerie Nationale on March 24, 2018, shows French Lieutenant Colonel Arnaud Beltrame who was killed after swapping himself for a hostage in a rampage and siege in the town of Trebes, southwestern France on March 23.

"Obviously our attitude is that we are ready to listen, but we are also very determined to pursue these transformations", government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Thursday.

The so-called Islamic State group is claiming responsibility for both incidents.

Lakdim started his rampage in Carcassonne at around 10:30 am (0930 GMT), hijacking a auto and shooting the two people inside.

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Dr Merkel said Mrs May had shared "certain findings" which left little doubt Moscow was behind the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War II. They remain in critical condition in hospital. Then he fired one police officers in Carcassone, wounding an officer in the shoulder before heading to Trebes about 8 km (5 miles) to the east, where two more died in the Super-U supermarket.

The man, earlier reported to be a 26-year-old petty criminal and small-time drug dealer, screamed "Allahu Akbar" before being shot dead as French police stormed the supermarket, in the small town of Trebes. Macron said security services were checking that claim.

Public opinion is largely behind his bid to remove some job privileges for new hires at debt-laden state railway operator SNCF and many analysts believe the reform effort is a crucial test of strength.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower dimmed its lights at midnight in a mark of respect for the victims and a minute's silence was held at the Stade de France before a football match between France and Colombia. We couldn't have said that he was a radical that would carry out an attack."Five people were wounded in the attacks, including three seriously".

More than 140 protests have been planned across France in total, with the biggest of them set to take place at the Bastille monument in central Paris in the afternoon, where unions expect 25 000 demonstrators.

"What we need to avoid is that all the grievances fuse together, as was the case in 1995", a government official said, referring to France's biggest strike in decades, which forced the government at the time to withdraw reforms after striking public and private sector workers received huge popular support.

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