Turn-out undiminished for anti-CPE rallies

4th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 4, 2006 (AFP) - French unions said that some two million people took part in nationwide rallies against the government's contested youth jobs reform Tuesday — a turn-out roughly similar to that in the last day of action a week ago.

PARIS, April 4, 2006 (AFP) - French unions said that some two million people took part in nationwide rallies against the government's contested youth jobs reform Tuesday — a turn-out roughly similar to that in the last day of action a week ago.

The Paris march against the First Employment Contract (CPE) drew some 700,000 — the same figure as on March 28 — according to the CGT union. There were no police figures, but last week they put the Paris turn-out at 92,000.

Around the country the union tally reached 1.3 million, though again police figures were much lower.

In the Mediterranean port of Marseille unions said 250,000 took part in a rally, and police recorded 35,000.

In Nantes in the west 52,000 took part according to the police and 75,000 according to unions — a small rise on March 28.

In the southwest city of Bordeaux 115,000 took part according to organisers and 45,000 according to police — again an increase of several thousand on last week.

In Lyon in the southeast the numbers were slightly down at 15,000 for the police and 45,000 for the unions.

Overall some 200 marches were being staged on a fifth day of mobilisation to force the government to scrap the CPE — a contract that makes it easier to hire and fire young people.

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Subject: French news

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