• France's news in English
Labour law protests
Paris: 2,500 police on alert for new labour law protest
Police carry out bag checks at Thursday's protest. Photo: AFP

Paris: 2,500 police on alert for new labour law protest

Oliver Gee · 28 Jun 2016, 10:01

Published: 28 Jun 2016 10:01 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit
The demonstration will see protesters march from Bastille to the Place d'Italie in the 13th arrondissement from 2pm, and comes on the same day that the Senate is set to vote on a hugely controversial labour bill.
Police will be taking no chances after a previous anti-labour reform demonstration turned violent earlier this month, leaving 29 police officers injured and a children's hospital vandalizing as rioters went on a rampage.
Some 2,500 police officers will be on hand to monitor Tuesday's protest, with extra officers to be stationed outside the Pitié-Salpétrière hospital which is along the demo route. 
Paris kids hospital hit as French rioters go on rampageScenes from a demo earlier this month. Photo: AFP
Protesters staged a much calmer demonstration on Thursday, which police confined to a small loop near Bastille that was under extreme police supervision. Although police did arrest around 100 people for carrying objects that could be used as missiles.

Tuesday's protesters will have to go through police frisks and bag checks before entering the demo, as they did last week.  
Unions are protesting a series of deeply-unpopular labour market reforms which Prime Minister Manuel Valls had to force through parliament in May to avoid a vote, even after significantly watering down the bill.
The government's disputed labour reforms have seen protests across France since March, with many descending into violence, notably in Paris and the western cities of Nantes and Rennes.
A recent survey found that two in three French people are opposed to the labour bill, which essentially will make it easier for companies to fire and hire workers.
And if the last protest was anything to go by, demonstrators won't be giving up anytime soon.
Story continues below…
"We won't stop until they understand," one marcher told The Local on Thursday. "We are determined and mobilized."  
While the government believes the new reforms will help create jobs, opponents believe the loosening of France's notoriously rigid labour code will lead to greater job insecurity.
However for many, the protests have not only been about the labour reforms but capitalism in general and the growing inequality between the rich and the poor.
Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
France poised to send bulldozers into Calais Jungle
Photo: AFP

As hundreds of migrants leave, the bulldozers are set to tear down the sprawling Calais shanty town on Tuesday.

UK to spend €40 million on securing Calais border
Photo: AFP

Britain spending big on security in Calais.

Millionaire Riviera hotel boss kidnapped in broad daylight
The city of Nice where the millionaire was bundled into a car infront of shocked onlookers. Photo: AFP

The millionaire head of a luxury hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes was kidnapped in front of shocked onlookers in the middle of the day on Monday.

Where exactly in France are Calais migrants being sent?
Photo: AFP

Here's where the 8,000 migrants in Calais are heading.

The annoying questions only a half French, half British person can answer
Photo: Beery/Flickr/AFP

Being half French, half British is means you get asked a lot of questions (and some of them can be a little annoying.)

Migrants bussed out of Calais Jungle to all corners of France
All photos: AFP

Hundreds of migrants are being bussed across France on Monday ahead of the demolition of the Jungle camp.

The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
A Prophet. Photo: YouTube Screengrab

Looking for something to watch?

The must-see French films of the millennium - Part Two
Rust and Bone. Photo: YouTube Screengrab

The newest French films you need to see before you die (or alternatively when you get some spare time).

Election Watch
Presidential hopeful reckons a pain au chocolat is 10 cents

So France happily takes the pastry out of him.

French ministry of defence officials die in plane crash
Screengrab: eddydeg/Twitter

The French Ministry of Defence officials were killed on Monday when a light aircraft went down on the island of Malta.

The annoying questions only a half French, half Brit can answer
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Forget Brangelina's chateau - here are nine others you've got to see
The must-see French films of the millennium - Part One
How life for expats in France has changed over the years
Why Toulouse is THE place to be in France right now
Video: New homage to Paris shows the 'real side' of city
The 'most dangerous' animals you can find in France
Swap London fogs for Paris frogs: France woos the Brits
Anger after presenter kisses woman's breasts on live TV
Is France finally set for a cold winter this year?
IN PICS: The story of the 'ghost Metro stations' of Paris
How to make France's 'most-loved' dish: Magret de Canard
Welcome to the flipside: 'I'm not living the dream in France'
Do the French really still eat frogs' legs?
French 'delicacies' foreigners really find hard to stomach
French are the 'world's most pessimistic' about the future
Why the French should not be gloomy about the future
This is the most useful French lesson you will ever have. How to get angry
Why is there a giant clitoris in a field in southern France?
French pastry wars: Pain au chocolat versus chocolatine
Countdown: The ten dishes the French love the most
Expats or immigrants in France: Is there a difference?
How the French reinvented dozens of English words
jobs available