French president Emmanuel Macron met France’s social partners at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday to discuss a possible relaunch of the aborted reform. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/POOL/AFP

The streamlining of France’s devilishly complex and costly pension system was to have been the mother of all reforms, the prestige project of Emmanuel(...)

A French railway worker on strike in Paris against the French government’s pensions reform plans. The slogan reads ‘Don’t touch my pension’. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

French transport strikes will continue for the 37th consecutive day on Friday, following a fourth day of nationwide marches on Thursday in protest aga(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe unveils the details of a pension reform plan before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, on Wednesday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/EPA

“You can’t stop a mobilisation by waving a magic wand in a speech,” French prime minister Edouard Philippe warned deputies from President Emmanuel Mac(...)

A protester throws a container during clashes with police  in Paris on Thursday. Photograph:  Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP/Getty Images

A far-left union bid to turn a protest on Thursday over a shakeup of the state railways into a bigger show of resistance to President Emmanuel Macron(...)

Anasse Kazib, signalman and Sud Rail labour union member, talks during a meeting at the Gare du Nord train station on the second day of a nationwide strike by French SNCF railway workers, in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron’s prime minister said on Thursday the government would not back down in a shake-up of France’s state-owned SNCF railways, pr(...)

People demonstrate to protest against French government’s string of reforms, on Thursday. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people marched in protest at President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms in cities across France on Thursday. Some schools remained close(...)

French strike: students demonstrate with public-sector workers on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Nine trade unions representing France’s 5.4 million civil servants participated in strikes and protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies o(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron leaves a polling booth with his ballot shortly before casting his vote in the second round of the French legislative elections at the City Hall in Le Touquet, France. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/EPA

Voters turned out in low numbers on Sunday in the second round of France’s parliamentary election, where president Emmanuel Macron is expected to win (...)