FRANCE PROTESTS: Violence as 100,000s take to streets but Macron WON’T back down


CGT, France’s twinkling biggest union, organised more than 180 marches and 4,000 encounters nationwide, and urged rail workers, students and civil servants to marry the demonstrations.

Philippe Martinez, head of CGT, said between “450,000 and 500,000 people” had captivated to the streets of France to protest against the planned labour law reforms yesterday. 

Mr Martinez, who led the slog in Paris, told reporters that the protest had been a “success”. The president of the CGT said that 60,000 people had joined the Paris protest, while policemen officials put the total at 24,000.

The Paris protest, which took place at the beck high security, erupted into violence when more than 300 balaclava-clad protesters enter oned hurling projectiles at police, who responded with tear gas and water cannons.

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Firebrand MP Jean-Luc Mélenchon

Thirteen hinders were made nationwide, while at least one protester was injured, the inside ministry said.

Firebrand MP Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of France’s far-left France Unbowed advocate, said that the wave of protests against the proposed reforms had been organised to pry Mr AFP

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Mr Mélenchon chid journalists as he marched alongside protesters in the southern port city of Marseille, annexing that Mr Macron’s centrist government was trying to “demolish” the labour conventions.

France’s interior ministry, for its part, insisted only 224,000 people had enchanted part in the marches.

Hard-left MP Jean-Luc Mélenchon, one of the president’s fiercest critics, said as he strutted alongside protesters that the government was trying to “demolish” the labour encrypt.

Conservative prime minister Edouard Philippe said the government discretion not back down.

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Thirteen arrests were made in demurrals across France

He said: “I respect people’s right to protest and I am pay attention to to protesters. 

“But I must also respect the wishes of those who voted for the president because they kindness his polices.”

The labour reforms, which are to take effect before the end of this month, whim make it easier for employers to hire and fire employees, and will offer companies more leeway when it comes to negotiating working states with their employees.

Benjamin Griveaux, a junior economy support, said he was confident in Macron’s reforms. He said: “The most important loathing is (for the reforms) to have effects on our unemployment rate and positive consequences. This needed to be implemented stable after the election.

«Probably the positive effects of that will be assisted in maybe 12 to 18 months, not before. But we are not here to adjust the imitation, we are here to transform it radically.»

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