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Thousands of protesters march in Paris: French unions strike over labour laws as riot police use tear gas


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. 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Police had orders to arrest anyone attempting to hide their faces in clothing or to bring in weapons. In a bid to prevent a repeat of the intense violence of earlier protests, metal fences were erected along Tuesday's route.
 
 
French anti-riot police stand during a demonstration against controversial labour reforms, on June 28, 2016 in Paris.  Unions have called repeated strikes and marches in opposition to the law, which seeks to bring down France's intractable 10-percent unemployment rate by making it easier to hire and fire workers. / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE LOPEZPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
 
Source: Mailonline
 
 


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