France has been badly affected by strikes and nationwide protests against the government, but former minister for European Affairs Nathalie Loiseau defended President Emmanuel Macron by saying he has been reforming the country “with a steady path.”
Talking to DW’s Conflict Zone host Tim Sebastian in Brussels, Loiseau rejected the notion that the country is in chaos and said reforms in France are working.
“There is no strike anymore in railways or public transportation and there will be the most ambitious pension system reform for decades,” said Loiseau, who is now a member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the liberal Renew Europe group.
We are the second most attractive country in the EU for foreign investors, we have one of the highest growth rates in the EU, we have a number of unemployed which is decreasing steadily,” she added.
Loiseau also “strongly denied” a report last year by France’s independent human rights watchdog, theDefenseur des Droits de l’Homme, which detailed the emergence of what it described as a policy of “reinforced security and repression” in the country.
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