The French government signaled a willingness to roll back some aspects of its plan to revamp the nation's pension system, calling on organized labor to return to the negotiating table after a key union vowed to join a protest set for next week.
Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire and other officials said there's room to reconsider measures such as an increase in the retirement age, but emphasized that any alternatives needed to guarantee the financial security of the pension system.
The retirement age and "the means of ensuring financial stability, that's negotiable," Mr. Le Maire said, speaking on France 2 television, "There could be better solutions. It's up to social partners to bring us the proof."
One of France's more moderate unions, the CFDT, came out against the government's plan Wednesday. The union, which said a "red line" had been crossed over the increase in the retirement age, urged workers to join another day of protests on Dec. 17.