New Macron govt races to ease cost of living crisis ahead of election

French Minister for Solidarity and the Disabled Damien Abad arrives to attend the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new government at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

PARIS (Reuters) -France's new government will speed up work on a bill to help families with the soaring cost of living, its spokeswoman said on Monday - as the relaunch of Emmanuel Macron's presidency risked being overshadowed by rape allegations against one of his ministers.

Weeks before a parliamentary ballot which the newly re-elected Macron needs to win to be able to press ahead with his planned pro-business reforms, he is trying to show he is taking concerns about the cost of living and food inflation seriously.

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