About 120,000 Take Part in France’s Anti–Labor Reform Protests

© AFP 2022 / MIGUEL MEDINADemonstrators hold banners and signs during a protest on April 9, 2016 at the Place de la Bastille in Paris, against the French government's proposed labour law reforms
Demonstrators hold banners and signs during a protest on April 9, 2016 at the Place de la Bastille in Paris, against the French government's proposed labour law reforms - Sputnik International
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A total of 120,000 French citizens, including between 18,000 and 20,000 in Paris, participated in protests against the labor reform pushed by President Francois Hollande’s government, according to the country’s interior ministry.

Protesters face anti riot policemen during clashes as part of a demonstration on April 9, 2016 in Paris, against the French government's proposed labour law reforms - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A total of 120,000 French citizens took part in nationwide protests against unpopular labor reforms seen as an infringement upon the workers’ rights on Saturday, local media reported, citing the country’s interior ministry.

In Paris alone, between 18,000 and 20,000 took to the capital’s streets to express their discontent with the reform pushed by President Francois Hollande’s government, the Liberation newspaper said.

Meanwhile, the trade unions and youth organizations estimated the number of the demonstrations’ participants to stand at 110,000.

Saturday’s turnover is much lower in comparison with that on March 31, when 390,000 individuals participated in mass rallies across France, the police data revealed.

French gendarmes use tear gas during clashes with youths during a demonstration by employees, high school and university students against the French labour law proposal in Lille, France, as part of nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, March 31, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Once peaceful, rallies against labor law turned violent in several French cities, including Paris, Rennes and Nantes, growing into clashes with police, use of tear gas, throwing of stones and stun grenades.

The new labor legislation would relax France’s labor laws, permitting employees to work much more than the current statutory 35-hour week, imposing a cap on damages in cases of unfair dismissal as well as removing barriers to firing employees on economic grounds.

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