New protests across France over labor law reforms

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

PARIS (AP) — Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country's Socialist government.

Officials hope the reforms will inject a bit more flexibility into the country's stagnant labor market but many workers fear the changes will do little more than weaken the nation's generous social protections.

Local media counted some 200 demonstrations across France, including a march in Paris kicking off from Place de la Republique, the home of a round-the-clock Occupy Wall Street-style sit-in .

Continued unrest over labor reforms is piling the pressure on France's ruling Socialists, who have already been forced to retreat over security proposals that included the revocation of citizenship for dual nationals convicted of terrorism.

Police have reported sporadic clashes in western city of Rennes.