Protests in France as labour reform anger grows

People hold up their fists and wave CGT trade union flags during a demonstration in Paris called by various French unions to protest against proposed labour reforms on March 9, 2016Thousands of French high school students and workers protested against labour reforms Wednesday, heaping pressure on President Francois Hollande’s already unpopular and fractured Socialist government with presidential elections looming in 14 months. Teenagers and students threw eggs and firecrackers as they marched in Paris chanting slogans such as “El Khomri, you’re beat, the youth are in the street” in reference to Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri. The youth are among the most vocal demonstrators against reforms they fear will make their future more uncertain, even as the government vows that the changes are in their favour.

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