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Police attacked amid French labor protests

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 01:16

France's prime minister is urging union leaders to call off protests against reforms to labor laws amid mounting violence against police. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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A dramatic scene on the streets of Paris as protesters take aim at a police car, with an officer inside. After weeks of protests against labor reforms...the French government says such incidents are on the rise. Riot police have repeatedly clashed with masked youths hurling petrol bombs and paving stones... ...leaving more than 300 police officers with injuries. On Wednesday, the police decided they'd had enough of the so-called "anti-cop hatred" and staged a demonstration of their own. France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls is urging union leaders to call off the labor protests amid the escalating violence... And President Francois Hollande is vowing NOT to reverse his plans to make hiring and firing easier for employers. He says the new laws will encourage firms to recruit more workers in a struggling economy... Sending more anti-reform protesters into the streets...followed by more police officers.

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Police attacked amid French labor protests

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 01:16