French authorities ban labour protest march in Paris

Move by Paris police to ban Thursday's march could increases tension between socialist government and unions opposed to labour reforms.

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A day before a large union demonstration set to take in Paris, police have pulled the plug. Previous demos were marked by violence, and security forces are already under strain due to the Euro 2016 tournament in France, reports Deutsche Welle.

Wednesday's decision by French police to ban a labour union march - scheduled for Thursday - could lead to increased tension between the French government and unions. Earlier this week the French government said a stationary rally would be permissible, but the union insisted on its right to conduct a march.

French police said Wednesday they would be unable to be ensure the protest's security if it went forward as planned.

After the demonstration was called off, the leaders of two of France's biggest unions - Philippe Martinez of the CGT Jean-Claude Mailly of FO - demanded to meet with interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

Officials preventing a rally for going forward in this manner is a very rare occurance in France.

Earlier in June, as France was preparing to launch the still-running European Championship soccer tournament, a series of strikes left garbage piling up in the streets and transportation systems running with significant delays as thousands of fans came to France for the tournament.

A labour demonstration last week turned violent, leading to 40 people injured and dozens of arrests.

Read more of this report from Deutsche Welle.

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