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France: Day of Protests Against Labour Law

The ‘French Spring’ has begun. Students and young workers protested in cities across France on Thursday against the new labour law. The reforms make it easier to sack young employees. Over 150 k protested across France.

Alejandra Ríos

March 18, 2016
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Secondary and university students called to demonstrate in the main French cities. Hundreds of high schools were closed due to the protests and UNEF (National Students Union) estimated that more than 150,000 protesters participated across France.

14:30. Paris. Thousands of students and workers gathered in the Place de la Bastille Square in Paris this afternoon, Thursday, for a long-planned demonstration against a new labour law, commonly referred to as the ‘El Khomri law’ after the French Minister of Labour, Myriam El Khomri. Neither dismissals nor job insecurity!

14:12. Paris. Students and youths marched shouting: “Hollande, you listen, we have taken to the streets!

14:05. Rennes. French Riot police clashed with students demonstrating against the changes to the labour law and fired tear gas on marchers in Paris and made some arrests.

14:00. Bourdeaux. French high school and university students attending a demonstration against the new labour law proposal, as part of a nationwide protest.


13:15. Paris. Students at the Sorbonne University in Paris 1 rallying to march to the Presidential House


Video: Nicolas Rinaldi

13:00. Rennes. In other cities thousands of French young people and trade unionists have held street protests to reject the government’s new labor changes.


12:30. Paris. Petards and tear gas in Voltaire street at the high school students demo

12:30. The students’ assembly at the University Paris 8, in Saint Denis voted to close the building and join the protests.

12:30. Paris. Students at the High School protesting against the controversial law.


11hs Paris. Hundreds of students started rallying in the place de la Nation, according to a journalist.

11:45. Paris. Students at the Sorbone university marching through the streets.

11:15 hs Marsella. Students gathering at the Saint Charles station.


Students assembly at the gates of the Paris-Sorbonne University

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