Macron’s labor reforms launch mass protests in France

Members of the country’s second largest trade union took it to the streets of Paris, Lyon and some other cities
20:07, 12 September 2017

Protests against Macron's labor reforms

Thousands of protesters rallied across France, demanding President Emmanuel Macron to cancel the labor reform. On Tuesday, they flooded the streets in several cities, including the capital, Paris.

‘The first marches took place in Marseille, Perpignan and Nice in the south, Bordeaux in the west and Le Havre and Caen in the north, with the biggest attracting several thousand demonstrators. Scuffles were reported in Lyon as police blocked the path of protesters. Police and protest organisers differed widely about the numbers involved, but it was in Paris that organisers were hoping for the biggest turnout. Protesters walked from Place de la Bastille to Place d'Italie and the hard-left CGT union put the numbers involved at 60,000, a substantially lower number than an anti-labour reform protest in March 2016. Police estimated the total in Paris at 24,000,’ BBC wrote.

According to the outlet, Macron missed the public outcry in his country, as he visited the Carribean to inspect the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

The protesters got into a fight with the police; they threw stones, while the law enforcers used tear gas and water cannons.

'The new laws hand companies more flexibility in negotiating wages and conditions directly with employees, and limit damages paid to workers for unfair dismissal. Macron's team announced the plans last month after weeks of consultations with unions and employers', BBC reported.

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