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Thursday, 10 March 2016 08:05

French police fire tear gas at protesters in Paris

French police fire tear gas at protesters in Paris
Police in France have fired tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Paris during a massive demonstration against President Francois Hollande's austerity plans.

According to Press TV quoting the organizers, more than 300,000 people took part in the protest rally on the streets of Paris on Wednesday. Police and the country’s Interior Ministry, however, cast doubt on the figure.

The demonstrators had gathered to oppose the proposed labor market reforms on maximum working hours, holidays, and pay on rest breaks.

The government claims that the reforms liberalize the country’s strict labor regulations. Opponents say, however, that the main aim of the reforms is to make it easier for employers to lay off workers.

On Wednesday, several unions as well as student organizations organized protests in over 200 cities in an attempt to express nationwide outrage at the reforms.

According to a recent survey by pollster Oxoda, 70 percent of French citizens over the age of 18 oppose the proposed reforms. Furthermore, an online petition against the draft law has gathered more than a million signatures so far.

ME

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