France: Tens of Thousands Protest After Macron Signs Anti-Worker Laws

HeadlineSep 25, 2017

In France, union workers have blocked access to fuel depots across the country amid increasing resistance to the new anti-worker laws signed by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday. The laws signal the biggest changes to the French labor market in decades. They radically empower corporations at the expense of workers, including by weakening collective bargaining rights and limiting workers’ ability to win compensation for wrongful termination. On Saturday, tens of thousands of people in Paris protested the new laws. This is leftist politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “We have now been told that democracy doesn’t happen in the street. Mr. President, you’ll need to take a look at French history to learn that it was the street that brought down the king, it was the street that brought down the Nazis.”

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