French firefighters protest pay and working conditions

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Firefighters held a march in Paris on Tuesday in protest over working conditions, including low staff numbers, poor pay and inadequate protection against violence increasingly directed against them, when unions claimed a turnout of between 7,000 and 10,000.

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Thousands of French firefighters hit the streets of Paris on Tuesday to protest low pay and difficult working conditions and to ask for better guarantees of their pension benefits and ultimately greater respect for their profession. In response to their demonstration, police fired tear gas and water cannons, reports Radio France Internationale.