France: Running battles between police and protesters at Nantes anti-labour law demo

Thousands of people rallied in Nantes to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's planned labour law reforms, Tuesday. Several arrests were made, after demonstrators damaged shop windows and held running battles with security forces. «The only thing that we can say is 'No No No' to Macron's law. We have to go down on the street and use strikes and [we must] fight all together,» said... Еще Lutte Ouvriere party candidate Helene Defrance during the rally. The changes to the Labour Code announced in August, have been met with disapproval of French labour unions who subsequently called for mass demonstrations and strikes to prevent further measures. The government’s new measures are set to make it easier for small and medium sized companies to hire and fire workers, and will hand them further power for setting pay and working conditions. France has historically been proud of its strict labour code, which has protected employees' rights. Companies argue that the code has impeded economic growth and affected investment and job creation.

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