French unions protest in central Paris

Protesters and police clash on the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, as hundreds of ‘yellow vests’ join CGT union protesters to demonstrate against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies. IMAGES

“Yellow vests” and workers union unite in protest

More than a thousand protesters – both yellow vest supporters and members of the CGT workers union gather at Place de la Republique in Paris to demand a change in government policy.

LIVE: Rally against proposed labor law reform in Nantes, France

People have taken to the streets of Nantes, a city in western France, to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s planned reform of labor laws. The demonstration is being held after the members of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT union) called on activists in France to take part in protests across the country.

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Violence in Paris as Strikes Continue

One of France’s largest and most hardline trade unions, the CGT, organized a mass demonstration in Paris on Tuesday. The protest was in reaction to a new labor reform law, which the government claims will make France’s economy more dynamic. Union leaders, however, describe the law as a sell-out to management that would encroach on the workplace rights of employees.

Tuesday’s events saw thousands of demonstrators storm the streets of the capital. Protesters hurled stones at police officers, smashed windows, and lobbed Molotov cocktails. Police officers, in turn, arrested over a dozen of activists, after firing volleys of teargas and using a water cannon to break up groups of rioters.

The protest comes at an exceedingly tense moment for France. The country has been under a state of emergency since the November 2015 terror attacks. Compounding the tension, hundreds of thousands of soccer fans have come to the country for the Euro 2016 Championships.

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Tear gas, clashes & arrests in Paris amidst anti-labor reform protest

A general strike against France’s new labor law is being held in Paris by air traffic controllers, the General Confederation of Labor coalition (CGT) and the Nuit Debout movement

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