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France: Melenchon leads tens of thousands against Macron's labor reforms in Paris03:30

France: Melenchon leads tens of thousands against Macron's labor reforms in Paris

France, Paris
September 24, 2017 at 00:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of anti-Macron supporters marched behind the far-left opposition party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon to the Republique Square in Paris on Saturday, in protest against recent labour law reforms introduced by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trade unions and members of opposition parties including France Insoumise (Defiant Fance) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (The New Anticapitalist Party) were among the thousands of protesters who marched to the Republique Square, waiting to be addressed by Melenchon, one of Macron's most popular political rivals.

During his speech, Melenchon responded to President Macron's comments of "not bowing to street pressure", telling supporters that Macron must only "look at the history of France in order to learn that it was the street that killed the kings, the street that destroyed the Nazis".

Melenchon's words of "battle" and resistance to the status quo were met with cheers from supporters who raised the national flag above their heads and waved banners including one with the words, 'Revolution en Marx'.

The government's new measures are set to make it easier for small and medium sized companies to hire and fire workers, and will hand them further power for setting pay and working conditions.

France: Melenchon leads tens of thousands against Macron's labor reforms in Paris03:30
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Tens of thousands of anti-Macron supporters marched behind the far-left opposition party leader Jean-Luc Melenchon to the Republique Square in Paris on Saturday, in protest against recent labour law reforms introduced by French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trade unions and members of opposition parties including France Insoumise (Defiant Fance) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (The New Anticapitalist Party) were among the thousands of protesters who marched to the Republique Square, waiting to be addressed by Melenchon, one of Macron's most popular political rivals.

During his speech, Melenchon responded to President Macron's comments of "not bowing to street pressure", telling supporters that Macron must only "look at the history of France in order to learn that it was the street that killed the kings, the street that destroyed the Nazis".

Melenchon's words of "battle" and resistance to the status quo were met with cheers from supporters who raised the national flag above their heads and waved banners including one with the words, 'Revolution en Marx'.

The government's new measures are set to make it easier for small and medium sized companies to hire and fire workers, and will hand them further power for setting pay and working conditions.

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