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    The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) and Workers' Force (FO) unions, as well as two national student unions, are holding rallies in Paris, protesting against "ideological policies" and reforms.

    A rally called by labor unions is taking place in Paris on October, 9, with protesters urging "an awakening of consciousness" and condemning policies that, according to them, are destroying the fabric of society, prominently favoring inequality and the breaking of collective rights.

    The police have used tear gas against the rioters, who caused disturbance during a rally against the French government's social policies in Paris, a Sputnik correspondent hs reported.

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    According to the correspondent, peaceful protesters were moving along the capital's Boulevard Raspail, when hooligans dressed all in black and wearing respirators sprayed some irritant gas, which caused the activists to sneeze and cough.

    The rioters then continued to get through the procession, smashing bus stops on their way ahead, until a police cordon prevented them from moving forward. The police officers surrounded the troublemakers and used tear gas to disperse them.


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    Despite repeated calls to hold protests since the election of Emmanuel Macron, the rallies have remained weak.

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    The last protests gathered only 2,900 people in Paris according to the police, 15,000 according to the organizers.


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