Unions claim three million on streets of France

28th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 28, 2006 (AFP) - A French union leader said three million people took to the streets of France against the government's youth jobs law Tuesday, describing it as a "historic" figure.

PARIS, March 28, 2006 (AFP) - A French union leader said three million people took to the streets of France against the government's youth jobs law Tuesday, describing it as a "historic" figure.

"We are more than three million on the street. It is historic. It is unthinkable for the prime minister to stay fixed in his position," said Bernard Thibault of the CGT union.

"For us there is just one issue and that is withdrawal of this reform," he said.

Unions said between 200,000 and 250,000 people turned out for a march in Mediterranean port of Marseille, many more than on a last day of worker-student demonstrations on March 18.

In the western city of Nantes police put the figure at 42,000, more than double the turnout of March 18.

Le Mans, Rouen and Tours also reported increased crowds.

The biggest demonstration was due in the afternoon in Paris, with police on high alert for outbreaks of violence.

An alliance of unions, students and left-wing political parties is seeking the withdrawal of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's First Employment Contract (CPE), which makes it easier to hire and fire under 26 year-olds.

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Subject: French news

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