French university bosses are calling for the suspension of a controversial youth employment law that has been the focus of violent protests over the past week.
At a meeting with the government, the association of university presidents appealed for more time to find ways of creating jobs for young people.
Spokesman Yannick Vallée said he asked the Prime Minister for a six-month period of reflection, which would mean suspending the current law.
The university presidents say they believe the Prime Minister is ready to make a significant gesture to reduce the tension.
Dozens of people have been hurt and many arrested in clashes that have hit numerous campuses, and more demonstrations are planned for today.
The new law makes it easier to hire young people, but just as easy to fire them.