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Strikes, protests in France against disputed labour reforms

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Riot police take a position amid tear gas smoke while facing protestors during a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices in Paris, France, yesterday.
Masked protestors throw debris at riot police amid tear gas smoke during a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and layoff practices in Paris, France, yesterday.
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MARSEILLE (AP):

French protesters were back on the streets yesterday, over proposed reforms to the country's labour rules, resulting in cancellations and delays at two airports serving Paris.

French television showed clashes in Marseille and elsewhere in the country. Demonstrators were also marching in Paris.

A strike by air traffic controllers canceled 20 percent of all flights at Paris' Orly Airport and caused delays at Charles De Gaulle, according to a notice on the Paris airport authority website yesterday.

France has seen a series of strikes and protests against the labour reform bill, which is aimed at encouraging companies to hire. Critics on the French left say the reforms will compromise France's hard-won worker protections without curbing the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate.