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For Emmanuel Macron, the summer holidays couldn't come quickly enough."Benallagate" has also halted his push at a constitutional reform that aims to streamline the legislative process and shrink the number of lawmakers in Parliament by a third.Adding to his difficulties, the government admitted this week that economic growth was slowing and would fall short of its 2 percent target for this year as a trade war looms with the U.S.Corporate tax cuts and labor reforms have not kept the jobless rate from climbing recently to 9.2 percent, well above the European average of 8.3 percent."Direct and frank" dealings with the Russian president have also failed to secure any breakthroughs on either the Ukraine or Syrian conflicts.'He's on his own'And on European reforms, most countries remain lukewarm if not outright hostile to Macron's goals despite a flurry of trips to European capitals to meet leaders and hold his trademark town-hall-style meetings with young people.
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