Stones thrown, tear gas fired at Paris labor reform protest (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Police used tear gas against the protesters in the French capital who were pelting them with stones.
RT's Rob Edwards is in the thick of the protest with live footage.
Les militants radicaux montent à l'assaut de la police #Greve12Septembrepic.twitter.com/RrSYsOvXYo— Jonathan Moadab (@Jonathan_RTfr) September 12, 2017
A rally against proposed labor law reforms in France has turned violent in Paris.
Canon à eau en action #Greve12Septembrepic.twitter.com/6eUrcndAOl— Jonathan Moadab (@Jonathan_RTfr) September 12, 2017
The massive, nation-wide rally was called by the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) union on September 12. CGT Secretary General Philippe Martinez said earlier that more than 180 demonstrations were being planned across the country.
A Ruptly live feed showed cars with broken windows following the clashes in the capital.
A Molotov cocktail was thrown at police officers, an RT France correspondent reported from the scene.
Cocktail molotov jeté sur la police #Greve12Septembrepic.twitter.com/lJQL928Z5V— Jonathan Moadab (@Jonathan_RTfr) September 12, 2017
Tirs de lacrymos #Greve12Septembrepic.twitter.com/wg0WoAHN9Q— Jonathan Moadab (@Jonathan_RTfr) September 12, 2017
The cities of Lille, Amiens and Avignon also saw demonstrations against the labor reforms.
Ca ne rigole pas à #Lille#manif12septpic.twitter.com/U7girb4Lmg— Lille Actu (@Lille_actu) September 12, 2017
@RevPermanente— Abla (@Abla69586368) September 12, 2017
Ce matin sur le parvis du Palais des Papes, Avignon pic.twitter.com/hL6YX2yzX3
Nancy, du monde, tous les syndicats représentés et plein de jeunes !!!!#loitravail#manif12septpic.twitter.com/PxH3UW4unW— Mo2 (@pititemaud) September 12, 2017
The protest is the first rally of such magnitude since President Emmanuel Macron took office in May this year.
Fumigènes de sortie des le début de la #manif#nantes#loitravailpic.twitter.com/lfdLQtbACx— Anais Denet (@AnaisDenet) September 12, 2017
Reforming the country's strict labor laws has been one of the new president’s top priorities. In August, his government began the final round of talks with trade unions on liberalizing the country’s labor laws which the government hopes will reduce the 9.5 percent unemployment rate in France.
Ambiance devant le commissariat du 13e #loitravail (merci pour le caillou dans le genou) pic.twitter.com/5QCqouHobE— Pierre Bouvier (@pibzedog) September 12, 2017
The policy of Macron’s predecessor, Francois Hollande, sparked months of violent protests in 2016. Hollande’s socialist government was trying to push through a less ambitious labor reform bill. The rallies often ended in confrontations between police and demonstrators.
L'homme nu, sous la nouvelle averse. #LoiTravail#12septembrepic.twitter.com/0FRmT0ZPEZ— Pierre Bouvier (@pibzedog) September 12, 2017
Un homme nu chante devant les policiers en plein affrontement #Greve12Septembrepic.twitter.com/tGOimfIQnl— Jonathan Moadab (@Jonathan_RTfr) September 12, 2017
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Earlier Macron minced no words about the opponents of the labor reforms, calling them “lazy.”
“I will be absolutely determined and I will not yield anything, either to the lazy, the cynics or the extreme. And I ask you to have the same determination, each day,” Macron said, prompting furious responses from many politicians and members of the public.