France: Tear gas clouds Nantes as thousands march against labour reforms

Police deployed tear gas against protesters opposing French President Emmanuel Macron's planned labour law reforms in a heated protest in Nantes on Thursday. Protesters threw projectiles at the police officers and sprayed graffiti on the walls. According to the CGT Union (General Confederation of Labour) some 7,000 protesters took part, including employees from private and civil services, as... Еще well as students. This is the second protest this month in Nantes. The CGT reported that up to 15,000 protesters took part in the demonstration on September 12. 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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