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France: Molotov cocktails, teargas and baton charges mar Paris labour law protest01:56

France: Molotov cocktails, teargas and baton charges mar Paris labour law protest

France, Paris
September 15, 2016 at 19:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Riot police and anti-labour reform demonstrators continued to clash in Paris, Thursday, as several trade unions took to the streets of the French capital to protest against the country's controversial labour reforms.

Striking workers have also shut down several refineries across the country, prompting the government to release emergency fuel supplies to keep vehicles on the roads.

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 a recent 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 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.

France: Molotov cocktails, teargas and baton charges mar Paris labour law protest01:56
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Riot police and anti-labour reform demonstrators continued to clash in Paris, Thursday, as several trade unions took to the streets of the French capital to protest against the country's controversial labour reforms.

Striking workers have also shut down several refineries across the country, prompting the government to release emergency fuel supplies to keep vehicles on the roads.

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 a recent 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 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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