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Live: France hit by day of protests over proposed labour reforms

Charlotte Oberti / FRANCE 24 | Students stage a sit-in at Place de La République in central Paris

France faces a wave of protests Wednesday over unpopular labour reforms that have divided an already fractured government and raised hackles in a country accustomed to iron-clad job security. Follow our live blog for the latest news.

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  • Youth organisations and unions have called for protests across France over labour reforms on Wednesday, which is coinciding with a rail strike over a wage dispute that is set to hit transport across the country.
  • Students have taken to the streets alongside unions and envronmentalists over the controversial reforms.
  • France's Socialist government has faced a massive blowback -- including from within the party itself -- to proposed measures that would give companies more flexibility in hiring and firing staff in a bid to turn tackle the country's 10.3 percent unemployment rate.
  • The reforms spell out conditions, such as falling orders or sales, or operating losses, as sufficient cause for shedding staff. They would also cut overtime pay for work beyond 35 hours -- the work week famously introduced in the 1990s in an earlier Socialist bid to boost employment.
  • An online petition against the draft law, called the "Khomri law" after Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, has attracted more than 1 million signatures while a poll showed seven in 10 people were opposed to the proposed changes.
  • The Paris Metro will remain largely unaffected.


 

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