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France tackles taboo with buyout plan for civil servants

The French government surprised labour unions Thursday by announcing voluntary buyouts for some of the country's five million civil servants, an unprecedented move against jobs which are largely considered secure for life. Talks with union leaders will begin this month, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and budget minister Gerard Darmanin said at a press conference. "What's at stake is adapting the status of public service, making it more flexible, so that it can once again be an efficient framework for public action," Philippe said at a press conference.
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