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Fresh protests across France against labour reforms

Alain Jocard, AFP | This picture taken on June 23, 2016 shows the Place de la Bastille during a demonstration against the series of controversial labour reforms in Paris.

Union leaders called for another day of protests across France Thursday over proposed labour reforms. Read our live blog to see how all the day’s events unfolded.

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    French police were on high alert for more street clashes Thursday ahead of the 10th march against labour market reforms as part of a three-month campaign that has been marred by violence.

    However, the march was largely peaceful, with little reported violence. About 85 demonstrators were arrested ahead of the protests.

    Police put the turnout at between 19,000 and 20,000 while unions said turnout was closer to 60,000.

    The march took place after another round of bitter negotiations in which the embattled Socialist government tried to ban the protest over security fears, before backing down and agreeing on a short, tightly-contained route.  

     

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