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France: RT correspondent attacked by pro-Kiev protesters in Paris00:41

France: RT correspondent attacked by pro-Kiev protesters in Paris

France, Paris
May 26, 2016 at 18:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

RT correspondent Anna Baranova was attacked for the second time in just over a week while reporting on an anti-labour reform demonstration in Paris, Thursday.

Pro-Kiev activists turned on the RT crew during the rally, with one holding up a small banner to the camera that read “Glory to Ukraine, Glory to Heroes” in Ukrainian.

Though Baranova was seemingly unhurt, the French national who accosted her reportedly shouted “b*tch” in Russian, forcing the crew to flee the scene.

Several days before, Anna had fallen victim to another unprovoked attack in the French capital, when she was covering the same anti-labour reform protests. One protester slapped her on the back of her head while a second activist started clapping his hands near her face, interrupting the report.

The protesters are rallying against a new labour reforms which will ease 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 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.

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RT correspondent Anna Baranova was attacked for the second time in just over a week while reporting on an anti-labour reform demonstration in Paris, Thursday.

Pro-Kiev activists turned on the RT crew during the rally, with one holding up a small banner to the camera that read “Glory to Ukraine, Glory to Heroes” in Ukrainian.

Though Baranova was seemingly unhurt, the French national who accosted her reportedly shouted “b*tch” in Russian, forcing the crew to flee the scene.

Several days before, Anna had fallen victim to another unprovoked attack in the French capital, when she was covering the same anti-labour reform protests. One protester slapped her on the back of her head while a second activist started clapping his hands near her face, interrupting the report.

The protesters are rallying against a new labour reforms which will ease 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 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.