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124 people arrested in France

Yesterday clashes between police and protesters erupted in the cities of Paris, Nantes, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, with 124 people arrested nationwide, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
In Paris, security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades early Friday to disperse hundreds of people who had refused to leave Place de la Republique after a night-time rally.
The clashes came as at least 170,000 workers and students took to streets nationwide Thursday in a new push for the withdrawal of the proposed labour law.
“We have always condemned violence,” said Jean-Claude Mailly of the Force Ouvriere trade union, arguing that the violence occurred “outside of the protests”.
William Martinet, leader of the biggest student union, the UNEF, condemned the rioters but also denounced a “disproportionate use of force by the police”.
The demonstrations as well as work stoppages, notably in the aviation and public transport sectors, were the latest actions in a wave of protests that began two months ago and has proved a major headache for the government.
Opponents of the labour reform, billed as an effort to reduce chronic unemployment, which stands at 10 percent, say it will threaten cherished rights and deepen job insecurity for young people.
“Be Young and Shut Up!” read one banner at a protest in southwestern Toulouse, highlighting the frustration of youths facing an unemployment rate of 25 percent.

http://www.france24.com/en/20160428-labour-reform-protests-keep-pressure-french-government

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