French parliament debates labour law after violent protests

2016-05-03 12:13
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Paris - After a month of often violent protests, French legislators are starting to debate a hotly contested labour bill that would make it easier to lay off workers and weaken some union powers.

The reform, aimed at making France more globally competitive, faces an uphill battle. President Francois Hollande's Socialist government has watered it down to soothe his leftist base - and it still reportedly lacks enough support to win adoption in the National Assembly, which begins debating it on Tuesday.

Amid overall frustration at France's economic stagnation, the bill has galvanised opposition from unions and a violent fringe of youth who have clashed repeatedly with police at protests. More demonstrations are planned on Tuesday.

Labour Minister Myriam El-Khomri told Le Parisien newspaper the government would not "cede to the street."

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