Prelude to a week marked by a series of social movements, seven unions – CGT, FO, FSU, Solidaires, UNEF, UNL and Fidl – had called for a new day, Tuesday 17 May, against the draft labor code reform law. The sixth in just over two months to demand the withdrawal of the text carried by the Minister of Labour Myriam El Khomri, adopted without a vote on first reading last week, after a recourse to Article 49.3.
According to the interior Ministry, 68,000 people demonstrated across France and 87 people were arrested
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thousands of demonstrators in Paris
instead of the military school at Denfert-Rochereau, several thousand people – between 11 000 and 12 000 according to the prefecture of police, 55,000 according to the CGT – marched in Paris against the labor law. Helmets and shields on one side, scarves and swimming goggles on the other, this event was again punctuated by clashes between police and demonstrators. Police said shots were notably launched near the Vavin, journalists also making state pavers jets. Twelve people were arrested, mostly for wearing prohibited weapon. The security forces, they have been widely used tear gas and have used stun grenades.
The demonstrators, often wearing the colors of one of the seven unions that called for this day of action, lambasted the labor law and the government. “No to the case of the Labour Code, withdrawal of the bill” , “49.3: shame on you Valls right of PS” they chanted. The number of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, confirmed that the slogan was more than ever the withdrawal of the bill. “This is the spine of the text that is bad and which organizes social dumping , he reiterated. We have not been heard, so we will be heard louder. “
On Tuesday morning, Francois Hollande reiterated his determination to adopt the labor legislation. “I will not yield” , he assured
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outside Paris, opponents of the law were working between 3500 (police) and 10,000 (unions) in Nantes, between 6800 and 80 000 in Marseille, 2300 and 8000 in Toulouse, 1700 and 7000 in Lyon, 1400 and 3000 in Montpellier, 1100 and 2000 in Rennes, or from 1600 to 7000 in Grenoble. In total, 56,300 people demonstrated in the province, the ministry of the interior.
Clashes were reported in Nantes, Rennes, but also in Lyon, where “Five policemen were injured, one seriously “, said the spokesman of the Ministry, Pierre-Henry Brandet.
road and strikers have also set up Tuesday morning snail operations and blockages sites, including oil, in western France, causing major traffic problems. Actions carried out at the call of FO and CGT transport federations in particular held in Le Havre, Rennes, Lorient and Caen and Le Mans.
of exclusion orders to manifest suspended
the administrative court has suspended nine arrested ten issued by the prefect of police of Paris, which prevented antifascist activists to participate in the demonstration against the labor law, said a defense attorney . In its rejection of orders, the judge noted that the bans are an “serious and manifestly illegal freedom to come and go and to manifest one” .
the tenth case, the appeal was dismissed, the court found that the person concerned “does not seriously dispute the serious and specific actions alleged against him” , in this case of violence against two military. A total of fifty-three people were forbidden to manifest arrested, said the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve
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