Clashes between protesters and police escalated in Paris today as demonstrators continue to march against the proposed labour reforms put forward by Hollande’s government. Protesters lit flares and hurled objects at riot police who retaliated by charging at the demonstrators and deploying tear gas. According to the city’s police department, dozens of arrests were made on the side-line of the rally. The government’s far-reaching reforms will look at almost all aspects of France’s labour laws; maximum working hours, holidays and breaks among other areas will be open to negotiation as the government attempts to liberalise France’s labour market. French President Francois Hollande is said to be attempting to lower the country’s unemployment rate below ten percent.

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