François Hollande’s expected bid for a new term of office in presidential elections next year is facing a serious threat from growing student anger over his government’s proposed new labour law. A string of national protests have brought student and trades unions onto the streets in recent weeks against what they see as a pro-business, retrograde reform that heightens job insecurity at a time of record unemployment. The perspective of a spring revolt prompted the government to present a package of measures for the young on Monday, worth a yearly 500 million euros and aimed at easing access to the labour market and to provide financial aid for the worst off. But while the measures were broadly met with approval, the student unions vowed to continue the battle against the reform. Faïza Zerouala reports.
A package of financial measures for students and first-time job seekers, costing around 500 million euros, met with approval from main students' union.
The sit-ins which began in central Paris on March 31st, spreading across France and to abroad, refuse April can begin until society is overhauled.
Violence flared in latest nationwide protests by students and workers over proposed labour law reforms, which are set to continue on Wednesday.
Students hurled bottles at riot police in Paris and Nantes in anger at planned employment law that has now been approved by ministers.
School and university students took to the streets across France to protest government's proposed reform to free-up the labour market.
President François Hollande, already deeply unpopular, faces growing anger from left-wing youth organisations that would usually back him.
Early reports were of a lower than expected turnout for the protests against proposed reforms that reduce rights and safeguards for employees.
Amid increasing protests by French farmers Manuel Valls says EU has 'done too little, too late' in response to downturn in agricultural markets.
Officers forced to break up demonstration by 150 protesters in Calais carrying signs such as 'This is our home' and waving the French flag.
Six migrants and two activists from No Borders group will stand trial Monday after they were arrested for storming a ferry in the Channel port.
Arrests followed a peaceful protest in which 10,000 people formed 3km human chain along the route of a cancelled march against climate change.
Five employees are held over violent protest last week against the airline's plan to axe jobs, which notably left two of its directors bare-chested.
In a continuing campaign of protests over poor earnings, farmers blocked farm imports into France claiming they represent unfair competition.
The measures include tax breaks worth 600M euros and loans worth 500M euros for the struggling farmers, 10% of whom face bankruptcy.