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France: Police charge protesters at Paris rally against labour reforms01:45

France: Police charge protesters at Paris rally against labour reforms

France, Paris
April 9, 2016 at 14:02 GMT -00:00 · Published

Scuffles broke out during a march of trade unions and students in Paris on Saturday, against labour reforms proposed by the French government.

Protesters lit flares and reportedly threw firecrackers at the police, who guarded shops and businesses along the street. Eventually, officers charged at the demonstrators in order to disperse them, and also used tear gas.

Unions such as the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) and the Workers' Force (FO) called for the rally, together with several students’ unions.

Clashes have erupted in recent nationwide demonstrations against the reforms. At least 2,000 people joined a previous march in Paris on April 5, which reportedly resulted in 130 arrests.

Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, the reforms will look at almost all aspects of France's labour laws; maximum working hours, holidays and breaks, among other areas will be open to negotiation as the government attempts to liberalise France's labour market. French President Francois Hollande is said to be attempting to lower the country's unemployment rate below 10 percent.

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Scuffles broke out during a march of trade unions and students in Paris on Saturday, against labour reforms proposed by the French government.

Protesters lit flares and reportedly threw firecrackers at the police, who guarded shops and businesses along the street. Eventually, officers charged at the demonstrators in order to disperse them, and also used tear gas.

Unions such as the General Confederation of Labour (CGT) and the Workers' Force (FO) called for the rally, together with several students’ unions.

Clashes have erupted in recent nationwide demonstrations against the reforms. At least 2,000 people joined a previous march in Paris on April 5, which reportedly resulted in 130 arrests.

Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, the reforms will look at almost all aspects of France's labour laws; maximum working hours, holidays and breaks, among other areas will be open to negotiation as the government attempts to liberalise France's labour market. French President Francois Hollande is said to be attempting to lower the country's unemployment rate below 10 percent.

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