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French unions split over prisons protest

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French unions split over prisons protest


In France, a plan to end protests by prison guards over working conditions will be voted on today.

The government has agreed to create 174 new posts to help ease overcrowding. The plan has been accepted by two out of three major unions following lengthy talks overnight. Now it will be up to members to decide. The conflict, which began on Monday, has sparked clashes between police and guards at several correctional facilities. Police have used tasers and tear gas to remove blockades set up by guards at jails across the country this week. Prison staff say working conditions have become increasingly intolerable as the jail population has grown, with 63,000 inmates locked up in facilities designed to hold no more than 52,000.

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