The stalemate between Emmanuel Macron's government and labor unions deepened as France headed into a third week of transport strikes over the president's effort to reform the country's pension system, threatening further turmoil during the busy holiday season.
Negotiations between the unions and the government have been suspended. Complicating matters, Mr. Macron's point man for pension reform resigned Monday after it was exposed that he failed to report multiple side jobs, which is forbidden by French law.
While Mr. Macron has barreled through reforms of tax and labor laws, the current impasse is evidence of how deeply the French are wedded to their pension system. Reforming it is the crown jewel of Mr. Macron's effort to modernize France by merging 42 separate pension regimes and offering incentives to push back the age when workers retire to 64 from 62 in 2027.
France faces a third round of demonstrations and protest marches Tuesday. The government said it would stand by the reform measures, even as it conceded that the protests were starting to take a toll.
"I think in today's marches there will be many of us; we will able to demonstrate to the government our ability to move the line," Laurent Berger, head of CFDT, the country's biggest labor union, said on LCI television Tuesday.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has invited labor unions and employer organizations for talks Wednesday. Agence France-Presse reported. On Thursday, he will host a joint meeting of unions and employer organizations.