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Thousands Rallying Across France Against Labour Reforms

© Philippe WojazerFrench police during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Paris, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, April 28, 2016.
French police during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Paris, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, April 28, 2016. - Sputnik International
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Thousands of French activists took to the streets across the country on Thursday in last-ditch efforts to force the government to repeal highly unpopular bill on labour reforms, local media reported.

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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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to France Info broadcaster, as many as 4,000 marched through the streets of Nantes, while people in masks threw objects at the buildings near the city's prefecture, according to the police. Police used tear gas and water balloons to disburse demonstrations, the channel added.

The broadcaster added that the mass demonstrations were also held in the cities of Rouen, Saint-Etienne, and Belfort, as well as the commune of Gueret.

​Scores of flights were reportedly canceled as air traffic controllers staged strike in a bid to to force the government to cancel the changes introduced in July.

The labor bill has given rise to multiple protests across the country in the past months. Among the reforms proposed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ government are highly unpopular attempts to increase daily working hours and simplify firing procedures.

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