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France: Scores Arrested as Up to 220,000 Protest Labor Reforms

HeadlineMay 18, 2016

In France, as many as 220,000 people took to the streets across the country to protest labor reforms backed by President François Hollande. The measures would cut overtime pay for truck drivers and make it easier for companies to fire people. On Tuesday, truck drivers blockaded roads, police fired tear gas and water cannons, and 87 people were arrested. Arlette Perray joined the protests in Paris.

Arlette Perray: “It’s a disastrous law. We haven’t had anything like it for more than 70 years. It destroys all the rights of employees and retired people, and the future of young people. I am retired, and my place is here with the workers and the youth.”

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