French police clear Paris sit-in against labour reforms

French police on Sunday cleared the Place de la Republique in Paris, where hundreds of people staged a sit-in overnight against the government's planned labour reforms, news agency AFP reported.

The protest came after the number of demonstrators peaked last week, with some 400,000 demonstrators taking to the streets to voice their opposition to reforms that make it easier to lay off workers and include changes to the country's 35-hour working week.

"Once again, the cops have come to 'clean' #Republique," protest organizers Nuit Debout tweeted early Sunday. "This will not stop our movement!"

The changes are intended to bring down France's chronically high unemployment levels - one of the key goals of President Francois Hollande - but is seen by many as a betrayal of his Socialists' traditional platform.

Last update: Sun, 03/04/2016 - 14:10
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