French authorities ban union demo in Paris Thursday: police

Paris police authorities said they have banned a planned union demonstration in the capital on Thursday, after previous such marches descended into violence. The police said in a statement Wednesday they had “no choice” other to than to ban the demonstration against the controversial labour reforms of President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government. Earlier in the month, Hollande had threatened to ban such demonstrations as scenes of violence in the capital marred France’s image as it hosts the Euro 2016 football championships.

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