French socialists call off conference amid fears of violent protests

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Party boss Jean-Christophe Cambadélis said militants were threatening to attack party members in Nantes where conference was due to be held.

The duty to protest

France — Opinion

Last week the French authorities banned a planned march in Paris by trade unions opposed to labour law reforms, before eventually backing down partially and allowing a more limited demonstration. Here Mediapart's editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel argues that demonstrating is a constitutional right and that, by banning the march that the trade unions wanted, the government violated the fundamental law that guarantees all our freedoms. It is, he writes, our duty to resist this unlawful act in order to defend our common ideal: democracy.

Fresh anti-labour law reform protests held in French cities

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The FO union claimed the target figure of one million people turned out in nationwide marches against reform bill aimed at liberalising labour market.

Blockades are a 'weapon to make people aware' say French labour law protesters

France — Report

Amid blockades of oil depots and strikes in a number of key sectors in France, opponents against planned labour law reforms in France took to the streets again on Thursday May 26th. Mediapart spoke to people taking part in a march in the city of Montpellier, in the south of France, to find out why they are protesting. The demonstrators say they fully back the strikes and blockades which they see as their equivalent of article 49-3 of the French Constitution which is being used to force the deeply-controversial reforms through Parliament. Timothée Aldebert reports.

France labour dispute: Hollande 'won't back down' over protests

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Speaking from G7 summit in Japan, French president insisted the changes that have sparked protests, strikes and blockades are 'good reforms'.

France labour dispute: wave of strike action nationwide

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Oil refineries, nuclear power plants and transport hubs were hit, motorways and bridges were blocked and protesters clashed with police.

France prepares for day of strikes as nuclear workers join protests

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French workers are staging an eighth day of industrial action against labour law reforms as nuclear staff aim to reduce plants' power output.

French officer decorated over response to police car attack

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Paris cop Kevin Philippy calmly blocked several blows from a bar-wielding protester before walking away from the attacker and blazing car.

Truckers block roads in week of protest in France

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Unions kicked off a fresh wave of street protests and strikes across France over labour reforms which President Hollande insists will go ahead.

Protests across France as labour law reform bill moves to upper house

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The street protests, led by trades unions and often marred by violence by hooded youths, attracted tens of thousands in Paris and other major cities.

France labour unrest: clashes erupt at May Day march

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Police responded with tear gas when youths began throwing missiles, bringing the protest march in Paris to a standstill.

French ministers condemn violence during labour law protests

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Premier Manuel Valls says 'irresponsible minority' will be 'brought to justice' after 24 police officers were injured and 124 people arrested.

Policeman seriously hurt as France's labour reform protests turn violent

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New wave of street protests unfold as student groups and unions try to keep pressure up just days before MPs debate controversial labour bill.

Protests against French forces in Mali turn deadly

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Security forces fired warning shots as locals protested against arrests by French forces of people suspected of links to Islamist militants.

French PM's gamble to defuse student revolt against labour law reform


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.