The French government is facing the prospect of more protests and widespread strikes if unions make good on an ultimatum over a controversial employment reform.
After demonstrations yesterday they warned that unless the government scraps the new law they could call a one-day general strike. Union leader Remi Jouan called for reflection. He said his side was going to stand back for a while and urged the government to do the same. He added they would decide what to do next from Monday. The campaign is being spearheaded by students who are directly affected by the law, which makes it easier for companies to hire and fire people under 26. One student leader said they would call for a general strike and said there could be more sit-ins. Saturday’s protests across the country were marred by violence in some places though that was condemned by the organisers and student leaders blamed it on outside elements. Polls show most people back peaceful protest. Support for the demonstrators could be undermined if there is a repeat of the weekend’s disturbances.