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Move over unions _ French bosses protesting, too

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Small and medium-sized enterprise owners demonstrate in Paris, France, yesterday.

French bosses protest,

plead for simpler regulations


In France, workers aren't the only ones who take to the streets to protest, their bosses do, too.

Several thousand French business owners, particularly from small companies, demonstrated yesterday in Paris to plead with the government to simplify regulations and make it easier and cheaper to hire.

Protester Jean-Pierre Hutin, a hotel owner, urged more flexibility for part-time work, while others complained that layers of taxes and labour rules have made it impossible for France to compete globally.

They argued that the government needs business

owners to hire. Socialist President FranÁois Hollande has sought to loosen labour laws, but critics say it doesn't go nearly far enough.

French unemployment is around 10 per cent and economic growth has stagnated, threatening to push the whole eurozone back into recession.