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Arrests, injuries as French protesters challenge Macron

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 10:17 AM
Demonstrators march during a protest against French President Emmanuel Macron’s government reforms, in Marseille, France, yesterday.

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say 63 people have been arrested and nine police officers injured as protests took place in two cities amid simmering anger at President Emmanuel Macron’s labour law changes.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb denounced the violence and damage to stores and public buildings at the edges of yesterday’s protests in Nantes in western France and Montpellier in the south.

Collomb called for calm as another protest is planned today at Notre-Dame-des-Landes in western France.

Other protests yesterday around France were largely peaceful. Train workers were marching during on-and-off strikes over Macron’s railway labor reform plan, strikes that have disrupted traffic nationwide.

Macron is going on national television tonight to explain his reforms to the French economy. He says he’s making the country more competitive globally while workers fear losing job protections.