Turnout falls in street demonstrations against Macron reforms


Turnout in nationwide street protests in France on Thursday against the government's programme of economic reforms, notably in the public sector and of the state-run railway system in particular, was significantly lower than a similar day of demonstrations in March, with police estimating around 110,000 people took part, while unions claimed the figure was 300,000.   

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A bid by France's CGT union to turn street protests on Thursday over a shakeup of the state railways into a bigger show of resistance to President Emmanuel Macron appeared to have fallen flat as the labour movement showed splits and turnout was down on previous demonstrations, reports Reuters.