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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday slammed the French police force over "violence" employed against labour sector protesters.

The condemnation comes just ahead of the third anniversary of the Gezi Park anti-government demonstrations in Turkey, during which several protesters were killed by police.

Authorities in Turkey regularly employ water cannons and tear gas against opposition rallies, drawing concern from human rights groups.

"I condemn the violence used by the French police against people who exercise their right to demonstrate," Erdogan said, also criticizing Western media for allegedly underreporting events in Paris.

The recent protests in France have been largely peaceful, but there have been some cases of clashes between police and hardline protesters. Unions are angry that a proposed new law would make it easier to fire workers.

One person is in a coma after being hit in the head during a protest. An investigation has been opened.

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