Strikes see Macron reap whirlwind as Whirlpool closes

May 1 is a traditional celebration of the rights of working people

It is usually an occasion for marches and demonstrations but perhaps this year we should use it as an opportunity for reflection about job security in the fast-moving modern world.

Almost exactly one year ago Marine le Pen, candidate for the presidency, stood outside the Whirlpool factory in Amiens and told TV viewers she shared the pain of the workers who would lose their jobs when the company relocated the plant to Poland.

She was scathing about her rival, Emmanuel Macron (then still a plain monsieur), saying he was a man of the bosses and oligarchs, not the people.  ...

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