Cars Burned, Dozens of People Arrested at Anti-Labor Reform Rally in Paris

Cars Burned, Dozens of People Arrested at Anti-Labor Reform Rally in Paris
REUTERS/ Charles PlatiauEurope17:32 12.10.2017(updated 17:57 12.10.2017) Get short URL

Another anti-labor demonstration in France has resulted in the acts of vandalism as tensions over the bill signed into law by President Macron in the country simmer.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Seven cars were vandalized, three of them burned, and 41 people were detained at a manifestation in Bois de Boulogne Park in Paris on Thursday, according to local media reports.

People were detained for throwing objects at law enforcement agents and carrying illegal weapons, the BFMTV broadcaster reported.

​#France: Cars torched at Bois de Boulogne of #Paris on the sidelines of a meeting between M.Pénicaud (Minister of Labour) & DRH of the CAC40

The protest took place near Le Pre Catalan restaurant in the park, where a Congress of human resource managers was taking place.

The protest was held as Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud attended the Congress and made a speech on the current government’s reforms, aimed at loosening labor laws and criticized by many trade unions.

France has been engulfed in turmoil over the upcoming a labor reform. French trade unions are worried that it will deprive workers of their rights because it will be easier for enterprises to fire their employees under the new labor code.

On Tuesday, a mass rally in France turned violent after a group of protesters started throwing projectiles at the police and destroying property. The police responded with tear gas and batons to push back the protesters and detained several people.