Macron Tries to Shore Up Support for French Economic Overhaul


WSJ—French President Emmanuel Macron summoned both chambers of parliament to the ornate Palace of Versailles on Monday to defend his first year in office, rejecting claims that his pro-business agenda favors the wealthy.

Emmanuel Macron pledges to overhaul French welfare state. President promises changes to unemployment benefits, pensions and health system Emmanuel Macron has promised to overhaul the French welfare state and cut public spending, telling MPs gathered at the Palace of Versailles that his only ideology is to strive for “French greatness”. The pro-business, centrist leader, who beat the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in an election a year ago, denied seeking to help the wealthy at the expense of the poor as he sought to shake off accusations that he is...