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France: Le Pen condemns violent labour law demos in 'strongest possible terms'01:57

France: Le Pen condemns violent labour law demos in 'strongest possible terms'

France, Paris
May 20, 2016 at 09:53 GMT +00:00 · Published

Leader of the National Front Marine Le Pen condemned the recent clashes that have dogged France’s anti-labour law protests “in the strongest possible terms” during an interview with RT in Paris, Thursday, saying that there could “be no question of the National Front associating with this type of action in any way.”

Le Pen purported that the demonstrations, where police have reportedly made some 1,300 arrests, were “infiltrated by extreme-left movements and notably extremely violent extreme-left movements like the Black Bloc”.

She also mentioned that leftist sympathisers from abroad foreigners were among the ranks of protesters, and had allegedly come, not to fight against the labour laws, but “to destroy, to break, to attack, to terrorise, and to attack police”.

Commenting on her electorate, Le Pen asserted said that her party “brings together people from the right, from the left, former socialists, former communists, former members of the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement)”. She added that those people voting for her party “are profoundly disappointed by the political class” in France.

A series of protests have broken out across France, starting on March 9, as French President Francois Hollande’s government attempts to push through controversial labour reforms. Hundreds of thousands of workers and students have participated in protest marches in Paris, Lyon and Nantes, many which have turned violent, with wide spread reports of police brutality.

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 the working week from the current 35 hours to a maximum of 46 hours.

France's government claim that the pro-business reforms are necessary to boost the economy and will allegedly reduce high levels of unemployment, despite condemnation by student groups and labour unions.

France: Le Pen condemns violent labour law demos in 'strongest possible terms'01:57
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Leader of the National Front Marine Le Pen condemned the recent clashes that have dogged France’s anti-labour law protests “in the strongest possible terms” during an interview with RT in Paris, Thursday, saying that there could “be no question of the National Front associating with this type of action in any way.”

Le Pen purported that the demonstrations, where police have reportedly made some 1,300 arrests, were “infiltrated by extreme-left movements and notably extremely violent extreme-left movements like the Black Bloc”.

She also mentioned that leftist sympathisers from abroad foreigners were among the ranks of protesters, and had allegedly come, not to fight against the labour laws, but “to destroy, to break, to attack, to terrorise, and to attack police”.

Commenting on her electorate, Le Pen asserted said that her party “brings together people from the right, from the left, former socialists, former communists, former members of the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement)”. She added that those people voting for her party “are profoundly disappointed by the political class” in France.

A series of protests have broken out across France, starting on March 9, as French President Francois Hollande’s government attempts to push through controversial labour reforms. Hundreds of thousands of workers and students have participated in protest marches in Paris, Lyon and Nantes, many which have turned violent, with wide spread reports of police brutality.

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 the working week from the current 35 hours to a maximum of 46 hours.

France's government claim that the pro-business reforms are necessary to boost the economy and will allegedly reduce high levels of unemployment, despite condemnation by student groups and labour unions.

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