French unions launched a day of strikes and protests Tuesday against Emmanuel Macron's flagship labor reforms Sale 2017 Women's Air Max Flair Pink Australia , a key test as he stakes his presidency on overhauling the sluggish economy.

More than 180 street protests are planned nationwide against the reforms, which are intended to tackle stubbornly high unemployment by loosening the rules that govern how businesses hire and fire people.

Some 4,000 strikes have been called under the action led by France's biggest trade union, the CGT, with rail workers NikeLab Air VaporMax Flyknit Betrue 2017 Blue Australia Sale , students and civil servants urged to -protest in cities from Paris to Marseille and Toulouse.

But the turnout will serve as a yardstick for unions' ability to mobilize, as deep splits have emerged in the labor movement between those determined to fight the reforms and those prepared to compromise.

The business-friendly Macron sparked a backlash last week by describing opponents of the shake-up as "slackers" and cynics, in comments blasted as "scandalous" by CGT chief Philippe Martinez.

Bruno Cautres of the Cevipof -political research institute said Macron had "thrown oil on the fire" with his choice of words.

"With the 'slackers' comment, there are all the ingredients for this to heat up," he said.

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Rail traffic is "in line with expectations" and the "majority of the lines are functioning normally," an SNCF spokesperson said.

Air traffic controllers have also been urged to strike, and Irish low-cost -carrier Ryanair said Monday that it had canceled 110 flights scheduled for T-uesday.

The airline called on Macron's government and the European Commission "to take immediate action to prevent the skies over Europe being closed yet again" during the stoppage.

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The Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative will reach a critical stage of implementation with over 50 countries already expressing interest in taking part this year, China's Minister of Commerce said on Saturday.

Minister Gao Hucheng said China has already held a lot of discussions with countries along the routes over various projects, some of which are in the process of implementation, others still being planned.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation on Monday with British Prime Minister Theresa May on bilateral ties and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

In the phone conversation, Xi recalled that during the Group of 20 summit held in July in Germany's Hamburg, he and May agreed to deepen the 21st century-oriented China-Britain global comprehensive strategic partnership and continue building the "Golden Era" of bilateral relations.

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Proposed by Xi in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa on and beyond the ancient Silk Road routes. It comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

For her part, May said Britain attaches great importance to developing relations with China, sticks to the general direction of the "Golden Era" of bilateral ties, and is willing to work with China to make bilateral high-level contact closer Men's Air Vapormax 2018 Grey Black Australia Outlet , make good use of strategic dialogue, deepen partnership cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, security and culture, and promote the development of EU-China relations.

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Xi stressed that China adheres to the goal of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, resolutely maintains the international nuclear non-proliferation regime and firmly safeguards peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

He also said the Korean Peninsula issue should be solved through peaceful means including dialogue and consultation, which requires joint efforts by the international communit.