Blockades at waste collection centres are preventing rubbish collection in the capital and other cities, while strikes are also disrupting rail services.
Manuel Valls said French are 'too used to feeling that reform is impossible and it’s enough to contest it in the street for reform not to happen'.
The French president said the contoversial legislation offered 'best performance for businesses' and 'new rights to employees' will not be withdrawn.
Trades union protests against labour law reforms, along with separate pay demands, will this week see widespread rail and air transport strikes.
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.
Speaking from G7 summit in Japan, French president insisted the changes that have sparked protests, strikes and blockades are 'good reforms'.
Oil refineries, nuclear power plants and transport hubs were hit, motorways and bridges were blocked and protesters clashed with police.
French workers are staging an eighth day of industrial action against labour law reforms as nuclear staff aim to reduce plants' power output.
Protests over labour law reform have led to blockades and fall in refinery output that hamper fuel supply and have prompted consumer panic.
Hundreds of taxi drivers took to the streets of Paris, burning car tyres and blocking routes to the capital’s principal airports in major protest.
Airlines told to cancel one in five flights in face of air traffic controllers' strike, while taxi strike adds to travel and commuting woes.
Taxi drivers and air traffic controllers set to join a strike on Tuesday called by three unions representing France’s 5 million civil servants.
Two raids against IS targets in Syria and Iraq were launched from the Charles de Gaulle which arrived in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday.
Decision to announce cuts next week comes after breakdown in talks with pilots’ unions to trim €170 million annually over three years.
The action on December 31st and January 1st over pay and working conditions follow Christmas stoppages that cancelled a quarter of flights.