Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Paris today under a heavy Police presence as French Unions launched strike action over controversial new lab our laws.
At one point Riot Police, who had been told to arrest anyone trying to hide their face, used Tear Gas to disperse a group of youths who tried to vandalise a bus shelter in the French capital.
Huge crowds had gathered to campaign over laws that will make hiring and firing easier and give employers more say in work and pay negotiations.
The protest was the latest in President Francois Hollande's four-month confrontation with the unions, which has divided the governing Socialists and dragged the unpopular leader's ratings to new lows 10 months before a presidential election.
It took place a day before Prime Minister Manuel Valls meets leaders of the hardline CGT and Force Ouvriere (FO) unions, which want the government to scrap parts of a labour bill that Valls and Hollande say is needed to tackle a 10 percent unemployment rate.
'If the government is not going to give ground it will be a meeting for nothing,' said FO chief Jean-Claude Mailly.
'I hope we're not just being invited for coffee,' CGT leader Philippe Martinez told reporters.