French Police Wounded in Labour Law Protests

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24 police officers have been wounded, 3 of them are serious, during the protests against a proposed labour law change in France.

Over a 100 protesters were arrested as tens of thousands congregated on the streets of chief cities.

Some had even burnt the tyres, while others threw the bottles and stones at police.

French Police Wounded in Labour Law Protests

Bernard Cazeneuve, the Interior Minister had said that the protest organizers should “condemn these excesses by handful of hooligans”.

1 of the police officers is in a critical condition, he added.

The protests took place in several cities, including Marseille, Rennes & Paris. Some of the fiercest clashes were in capital.

The planned law, which will be contested in the parliament next week, would remove some of the protection labors enjoy against being laid off, in bid to encourage businesses to hire more people.

It’s billed as a measure to combat chronic unemployment but opponents say it will let employers bypass workers’ rights on pay, rest time and overtime rates.

There’ve been repeated protests against proposed changes over the past 2 months.

Further protests are scheduled for 1 May.

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