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France: Riot police deploy tear gas at Paris labour reform protest01:47

France: Riot police deploy tear gas at Paris labour reform protest

France, Paris
May 20, 2016 at 00:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Several protesters were detained during clashes between protesters and riot police in Paris, Thursday as nationwide protests against labour reforms continued. Riot police unleashed tear gas on protesters and made multiple arrests.

Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law,' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have said they will impose the labour reforms by decree after the government survived vote of no confidence.

The reforms will concern almost all aspects of the country's labour laws; easing conditions for employers to hire and fire workers; firms will also have greater freedoms to reduce workers' pay and will be able to extend working week from its current 35 hours to a maximum of 46 hours.

France's Socialist government says the reforms are essential to boosting the economy and helping cut high levels of unemployment. The changes have been condemned by student groups and labour unions, who believe that it will become easier for employers to bypass workers' rights on pay, overtime and breaks. Hollande's Socialist government mitigated the initial labour reform proposal in March by dropping a clause that would have capped severance pay awards.

France: Riot police deploy tear gas at Paris labour reform protest01:47
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Several protesters were detained during clashes between protesters and riot police in Paris, Thursday as nationwide protests against labour reforms continued. Riot police unleashed tear gas on protesters and made multiple arrests.

Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law,' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manuel Valls have said they will impose the labour reforms by decree after the government survived vote of no confidence.

The reforms will concern almost all aspects of the country's labour laws; easing conditions for employers to hire and fire workers; firms will also have greater freedoms to reduce workers' pay and will be able to extend working week from its current 35 hours to a maximum of 46 hours.

France's Socialist government says the reforms are essential to boosting the economy and helping cut high levels of unemployment. The changes have been condemned by student groups and labour unions, who believe that it will become easier for employers to bypass workers' rights on pay, overtime and breaks. Hollande's Socialist government mitigated the initial labour reform proposal in March by dropping a clause that would have capped severance pay awards.

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