A woman pushes her trolley as employees of French retail giant Carrefour Group demonstrate against job cuts with union flags inside a Carrefour hypermarket, in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, Thursday Feb. 8, 2018. Carrefour CEO Alexandre Bompard announced last month cost savings of 2 billion euros (2.44 billion US dollars) by 2020. CGT union stands for General Working Confederation. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Carrefour workers protest job cuts driven by Macron reform

February 08, 2018 - 7:55 am

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Workers at retail giant Carrefour are protesting at hypermarkets across France over mass job cuts made possible by President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms.

Unions staged a protest Thursday in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, marching through the aisles with red flags as shoppers pushed carts past their banners. It's part of a string of Carrefour demonstrations around the country this month.

Europe's biggest retailer, Carrefour announced last month that it will invest 2.8 billion euros ($3.4 billion) over the next five years in online shopping and cut 2,400 jobs. CEO Alexandre Bompard wants more investment in e-commerce to compete with Amazon.

The job cuts will come through collective voluntary departures, made possible in a new law that Macron says will boost growth by making it easier for companies to hire and fire.

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