French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has offered to scrap a proposal to raise the age for receiving full retirement benefits in a possible concession to unions who have kept the country’s transit system in a state of disarray for nearly a month and a half.

“I am willing to withdraw from the bill the short-term measure I had proposed,” Philippe said Saturday, offering to scrap the most contested initiative that would in effect have raised the retirement age by two years to 64.

President Emmanuel Macron agreed that the withdrawal would be “a constructive and responsible compromise.”

The offer

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