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France: thousands rally against labour reforms

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By Antonio Oliveira E Silva
France: thousands rally against labour reforms

<p>In France, tens of thousands have rallied against labour reforms President Emmanuel Macron says will make hiring and firing easier. Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the far-left ‘France Unbowed’, led the demonstration in Paris. He called on the trade unions not to give up the fight after earlier protests appeared to be fizzling out.</p> “You’ll see that will be the start of something. It will ignite a desire to fight, a desire to come together. It’ll also be a march for dignity. It’s the insulted who are here. The so-called slackers, or drama queens. This is our reply,” said Melenchon. <p>His response appears to be a reaction to a comment made by Macron in May, when he joked about the French neuroses.</p> <p>The controversial reforms, which have now been signed into law, will give companies more power over working conditions.</p> <p>However, opponents claim they are an attack on workers’ rights.</p> <p>Melenchon is, polls suggest, Macron’s strongest opponent.</p>