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France: Police deploy pepper spray and push back anti-labour reform protesters02:33

France: Police deploy pepper spray and push back anti-labour reform protesters

France, Paris
June 23, 2016 at 15:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police officers pepper sprayed and pushed back protesters trying to bypass a police barricade by walking into a side street in Paris, Thursday, during anti-labour-reform protests.

On Wednesday, the French government backed down from imposing a ban that would have prevented Thursday's protest march from taking place, after CGT and other prominent French unions negotiated an alternative route for the demonstration.

Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law,' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, 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.

The reforms are expected to be imposed by decree after the government survived a vote of no-confidence.

France: Police deploy pepper spray and push back anti-labour reform protesters02:33
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Police officers pepper sprayed and pushed back protesters trying to bypass a police barricade by walking into a side street in Paris, Thursday, during anti-labour-reform protests.

On Wednesday, the French government backed down from imposing a ban that would have prevented Thursday's protest march from taking place, after CGT and other prominent French unions negotiated an alternative route for the demonstration.

Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law,' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, 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.

The reforms are expected to be imposed by decree after the government survived a vote of no-confidence.

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