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Clashes break out at France labor protest

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 00:48

Protesters and police have clashed again in Paris, where hundreds are protesting against proposed labor law changes. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) High school students throwing stones and eggs clashed with French police who responded with teargas in Paris on Tuesday (April 4) in the latest round of protests against the government's labor reform. Several hundred gathered in the east of the capital to march toward a larger demonstration planned by unions, but the protest turned violent when students -- many of them masked -- turned on the ranks of police who were out in force. Protesters threw objects, at least one police officer was knocked to the ground, and officials made several arrests. The latest demonstration follows several weeks of protests as the Socialist government attempts to pass the laboor law which has split the country and its own ranks. President Francois Hollande and his ministers say the reforms will encourage companies to hire, reducing France's high unemployment rate, but opponents say it is a dangerous attack on safeguards which protect employees. The bill is up in front of a committee of lawmakers on Tuesday.

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Clashes break out at France labor protest

Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 00:48