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2006-03-28 09:55:03

By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of French transport workers, teachers and other employees staged a one-day national strike or marched through the streets on Tuesday to try to force the government to abandon a new youth job law. The Eiffel Tower was closed to visitors until the evening, commuters faced delays on trains and Paris underground rail services and airports were hit by stoppages in protest against Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's CPE First...

2006-03-28 01:43:35

By Timothy Heritage PARIS (Reuters) - French trade unions began a one-day national strike on Tuesday to try to force conservative Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to abandon a new job law that makes it easier to fire young workers. Commuters faced delays on public transport and airports were expected to be hit by stoppages. Some postal workers, teachers and media employees were among those planning to strike and hundreds of thousands were expected to attend protest rallies. The...

2006-03-27 10:21:54

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in a national strike in France on Tuesday in a trial of strength for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin over his flagship youth job contract. Commuters face travel chaos from late Monday in response to strike calls by trade unions and students who want the government to scrap the CPE First Job Contract. Opponents say it will create a generation of "throwaway workers" and fail in its aim of...

2006-03-27 05:16:25

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in a national strike in France on Tuesday in a trial of strength for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin over his flagship youth job contract. Commuters face travel chaos from late Monday in response to strike calls by unions and students who say the CPE First Job Contract will create a generation of throwaway workers and will fail in its aim of reducing high unemployment among youngsters....

2006-03-25 08:56:28

By Thierry Leveque PARIS (Reuters) - France's interior minister on Saturday urged the government to find a compromise to defuse a crisis over a new youth labor law that has triggered mass protests and sporadic riots. Nicolas Sarkozy, a self-declared candidate for the 2007 presidential elections, expressed understanding for the young demonstrators in a speech at a meeting of his UMP party. "Twenty years of mass unemployment, 15 years of mediocre economic growth, 10 years of sluggish...

2006-03-24 11:48:47

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin and French unions failed to break the deadlock over a youth labor law on Friday at a first meeting called to discuss a crisis that has triggered mass protests and sporadic riots. Villepin said the 90 minutes of talks were "an important first step" and hoped for more discussions in the coming days but made it clear he would not heed the call of hundreds of thousands of protesters to dump the CPE First Job...

2006-03-24 09:48:59

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Friday ruled out withdrawing a new youth employment law that has provoked mass demonstrations and sporadic riots as his prime minister sat down with unions to discuss the crisis. Chirac told a Brussels news conference his government could not bow to street protesters demanding it axe the law but stressed Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was ready to adjust it to take account of the concerns of opponents. Unions...

2006-03-24 09:44:25

By Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Friday ruled out withdrawing a new youth employment law that has provoked mass demonstrations and sporadic riots as his prime minister sat down with unions to discuss the crisis. Chirac told a Brussels news conference his government could not bow to street protesters demanding it axe the law but stressed Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin was ready to adjust it to take account of the concerns of opponents. Unions...

2006-03-23 14:49:56

By Matthew Bigg and Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - Rampaging French youths set fire to cars and looted shops in Paris on Thursday, marring protests against a youth jobs law that Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin had agreed to discuss with unions. Aides said Villepin would meet senior trade union officials on Friday to try to defuse a crisis that has triggered a national strike threat and drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters on to French streets. In Paris, riot police fired...

2006-03-23 12:56:57

By Matthew Bigg and Sophie Louet PARIS (Reuters) - Rampaging French youths set fire to cars and looted shops in Paris on Thursday, marring protests against a youth jobs law that Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, in a conciliatory move, agreed to discuss with unions. Aides said Villepin would meet senior trade union officials on Friday to try to defuse a crisis that has triggered a national strike threat and drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters on to French streets. In...


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