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Protestors keep up the pressure on the French government

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Protestors keep up the pressure on the French government


Union and student leaders in France have called for a second nationwide general strike as part of their continuing plan to force the authorities to withdraw the controversial First Job Contract or CPE.

“The union organisations are determined to widen the mobilisation. We warn the government against any attempt to use force, especially against students and secondary school pupils,” said union leader Gerard Aschieri. Critics say the new law would erode France’s workplace protections, in particular making it easier to fire young workers. But supporters claim it will free up the labour market and help ease high youth unemployment. The unrelenting pressure is clearly getting to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin: “Let’s wait for the Constitutional Council, which will make its resignation tomorrow…I mean will make its DECISION tomorrow…”, he said in the French lower house, an unfortunate slip of the tongue. The Constitutional Council will rule today on whether the CPE violates international labour laws. Meanwhile latest research shows that 83 percent of french people want the new law to be either suspended or withdrawn. The majority of the demonstrations across the country so far have been peaceful. However, hundreds have been arrested during clashes with police in Paris.
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