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IN PICS: Labour law protests turn violent across France

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IN PICS: Labour law protests turn violent across France
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16:35 CEST+02:00
Deja-vu? Protests against labour reforms in cities across France once again turned ugly on Thursday with violent clashes between some protesters and police in Paris and other cities.

There were ugly scenes in Paris and Nantes on Thursday during the latest round of protests against the controversial labour reforms.

Opponents of France's new labour laws, which were passed through parliament this summer, held demonstrations across France on Thursday afternoon. 

The protest marks the 14th of its kind in six months, and saw 1,200 police in Paris alone turn out to keep an eye on proceedings as protesters marched between Bastille and Place de la Republique. 

The march descended into violence, with protesters throwing missiles at police, who responded by firing tear gas. Protesters also lit bins on fire and sprayed graffiti on the walls. 

Police arrested at least nine people, reported Le Figaro newspaper. 

One protester and five police were left injured, reported AFP. One officer suffered leg burns from a Molotov cocktails thrown at the police.

Police estimated the crowd in Paris to number 12,500. though the CGT union that called for the protests put the figure as high as 40,000. 

#Paris : poubelles en feu et policiers en civils devant le Lycée Bergson (photo @LouisWitter) #LoiTravail pic.twitter.com/R5BxdyxlgI

— Gilles Klein (@GillesKLEIN) September 15, 2016

A protester in Paris. Photo: AFP

Police in Paris. Photo: AFP

Police in Paris. Photo: AFP

Protester in Paris. Photo: AFP

A protester in Nantes, western France. Photo: AFP

Police in Nantes, western France. Photo: AFP

The protests come as the hard-line CGT union called for strikes on airlines and train lines across the country. 

The laws aim to make the labour market less rigid by among other things making it easier for companies to lay off staff in times of difficulty.

The laws also aim to reduce the power of trade unions in smaller businesses by allowing bosses to make agreements on working conditions directly with staff.

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