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    Paris Youth Protest Against Labor Reforms Amid First Hearing

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    Several hundred students and trade union representatives in Paris have took to the streets to protest against proposed labor reforms some time before the draft law’s first hearing, local media reported.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Several hundred French students and trade union members gathered before the National Assembly in Paris on Tuesday to protest against proposed labor reforms amid the draft law’s first hearing, local media reported.

    Later in the day, the hugely unpopular labor reforms will be put to the vote in the lower house of the French parliament. The draft law will make it easier for companies to lay off staff and cut payment for overtime work.

    According to Le Monde newspaper, rallies against the draft bill entitled "New freedoms and protections for companies and assets" are being held in several cities across France, including Rennes, where some 250 people called for dismissal of the labor legislation.

    ​The next demonstration against the proposed labor reforms is set to be held on May 12 and will be followed by a May 18 strike of the members of the French Confederation of Management – General Confederation of Executives, one of the five major French confederations of trade unions, the media outlet added.

    French cities have been rocked by mass protests against the labor reforms bill since late March, with mainly the youth protesting against amendments to the French labor code that may lead to an increase in working hours, among other unpopular measures.


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