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France: Police pepper spray Nuit Debout activists in Paris01:05

France: Police pepper spray Nuit Debout activists in Paris

France, Paris
April 13, 2016 at 00:18 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nuit Debout (English: Rise up at Night) protesters were pepper sprayed by police as officers attempted to shut down a Paris march organised to protest the arrests of fellow activists earlier in the day, Tuesday.

Around 400 protesters gathered in the centre of the French capital, building barricades and attempting to block police cars. As tensions grew, police proceeded to chase protesters who, in turn, threw objects at the officers.

Police forces and emergency services were on high alert following reported escalation at recent sit-in protests, where protesters allegedly rampaged on the streets of the French capital. Over the course of the protest, hundreds of windows and the facades of buildings have been damaged.

The youth-led Nuit Debout movement are protesting the French government's proposed labour reforms. 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.

France: Police pepper spray Nuit Debout activists in Paris01:05
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Nuit Debout (English: Rise up at Night) protesters were pepper sprayed by police as officers attempted to shut down a Paris march organised to protest the arrests of fellow activists earlier in the day, Tuesday.

Around 400 protesters gathered in the centre of the French capital, building barricades and attempting to block police cars. As tensions grew, police proceeded to chase protesters who, in turn, threw objects at the officers.

Police forces and emergency services were on high alert following reported escalation at recent sit-in protests, where protesters allegedly rampaged on the streets of the French capital. Over the course of the protest, hundreds of windows and the facades of buildings have been damaged.

The youth-led Nuit Debout movement are protesting the French government's proposed labour reforms. 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.