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The BBC reports that despite assurances to stay firm over this issue, de Villepin is now offering to be 'flexible':
Hopefully he will go no further in meeting the demands of rioters. Otherwise, there will be greater upheaval in the long term as a result of the country's unflexible labour laws.

hey Nick
good to read you. hope all is well in the UK. I think the next coming days are going to be very interesting. Already Sarkozy is showing some distrust in the new law and is not backing the PM 100%. How flexible the PM will be will determine a lot of France's future policy. I reckon France only needs one good decision showing that Union are not in control for things to start changing. But at this stage it's anybody's guess.

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