MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A new wave of demonstrations hit France on Tuesday when the Socialist government used a rarely-used clause to bypass a vote in the lower-house National Assembly on a bill that will relax hiring and firing rules, in a bid to curb the rising unemployment.
Clashes between riot police and anti-reform demonstrators erupted outside the parliament building in the French capital, where the Assembly is preparing to hold a vote of no confidence in the government, Le Monde newspaper reported.
Between 3,000 and 12,000 rallied in Toulouse, according to estimates provided respectively by trade unions and police. Thousands more protested in Rennes, Grenoble, and Bordeaux.
If Thursday's no-confidence vote succeeds, the government of Francois Hollande will have to step down and repeal the bill or else it will go before the Senate.