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    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

    Riot Cops Confront French Labor Reform Protesters With Tear Gas (LIVE)

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    Trade unions and students are marching in Paris to demonstrate against labor reforms proposed by the French government; the police have responded by using tear gas to disperse the protesters.

    Clashes have erupted in recent nationwide demonstrations against the reforms. At least 2,000 people joined the latest march in Paris on April 5, which reportedly resulted in 130 arrests.  

    Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, the reforms will look at almost all aspects of France's labour laws; maximum working hours, holidays and breaks, among other areas will be open to negotiation as the government attempts to liberalise France's labour market.   

    ​French President Francois Hollande is said to be attempting to lower the country's unemployment rate below 10 percent.    


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