Massive Turn-out for Protests Against New Labour Law.
1,2 million demonstrators across France according to the CGT and 390 000 according to the Police.
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Un million de personnes ont défilé mardi 14 juin à Paris contre la loi Travail, actuellement débattue du Sénat, ont indiqué trois syndicats organisateurs (CGT, FO, Solidaires).
Violent clashes during the demonstration against the Labour Law.
Says France 24.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Wednesday urged the hardline CGT union to stop organising mass rallies in Paris against a contested labour reform after fresh clashes between masked youths and riot police at a demo.
On the sidelines of a CGT-led march on Tuesday, gangs of black-clad youths hurled makeshift firebombs at police and broke windows, including at Paris’ main children’s hospital.
“When you cannot organise a demo and take responsibility, leaving thugs in the middle of the march … then you don’t organise this sort of demonstration that can degenerate,” Valls said on France Inter radio.
Police fired dozens of rounds of teargas and used water cannons to disperse the groups of youths during the rally, which police said had a turnout of 75,000-80,000 in Paris alone, roughly three times more than at recent big demos.
The Paris police department reported 58 arrests, including many foreigners, with 24 police and 17 protesters injured.
“We cannot have a general ban (on demos), but we will take our responsibilities. We can no longer have this disgraceful show with things getting out of control,” Valls said before visiting the Necker children’s hospitable to inspect the damage.
As next year’s Presidential election draw near the left looks increasingly likely to be eliminated in the first round, reports the Nouvel Obs.
In a number of opinion polls and different scenarios – all including Marine Le Pen – left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon would obtain from 14% to 15% of the votes against 14% to 15% for a Parti Socialiste candidacy by François Hollande.
In all cases the far-right would be beaten in the second round by a candidate of Les Républicains (right-wing).