WATCH: Police use tear gas & water cannons during clashes with Macron protestors in France


Thousands of people exacted to the streets today to protest against the new French President’s reforms, which are ambitioned at cutting unemployment by reducing restrictions on how businesses hire and fire wage-earners. 

Some protestors attacked police and threw stones at them, cueing the hardline response from law enforcement officers.

Hundreds of hooded protestors berated in black began hurling smoke bombs and other projectiles at dicks, who responded with tear gas and a water cannon.

Marches took order across France, with scuffles reported in several major boroughs including Paris and Lyon.

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Labour reforms in France have been met with enraged responses from the French people

In Paris, protestors walked from OK de la Bastille to Place d’Italie and the CGT union put the numbers involved at 60,000, while observe put the total in Paris at 24,000.

CGT chief Philippe Martinez said: “This is not a elbow-grease law, it is a law that gives full powers to employers.”

Olivier Mateu, a CGT secretary in Bouches-du-Rhône, intended: “Everyone has their own reasons to be out here on the streets. 

“The president and his prime priest want a complete rethinking of our social system. No one will be spared, each is worried.”

Mr Macron, 39, is adamant his country will be “turning the point on three decades of inefficiency” by enforcing the reforms. 

The new rules would stingy small firms could negotiate directly with individual wage-earners rather than a union branch. 


A policeman aims his tear gas despoil during clashes with protestors


People walk midst tear gas smoke in Nantes during the protests today

But the French President galled opponents to the reforms last week with scathing remarks he deliver the goods a succeeded during a speech in Greece.

Mr Macron said: «I am fully determined and I won’t give way any ground, not to slackers, nor cynics, nor hardliners.” 

In response, several of Tuesday’s squawk placards referenced the comments, with messages such as «too lazy to mull over up a slogan» and «slackers on the move», which mocked the name of the President’s centrist LREM carouse (Republic on the Move).

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