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2006-03-22 13:45:25

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - By standing firm despite mass protests over his youth jobs law, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has tried to checkmate his main presidential rival on the right and boost his chances in 2007 elections. Villepin has forced his powerful Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy to back the CPE youth jobs contract despite misgivings over the way the prime minister rammed the measure through in the teeth of bitter left-wing opposition. Sarkozy, who runs the...

2006-03-22 08:48:52

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - France's powerful interior minister distanced himself from Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin over a job law on Wednesday but ruled out quitting, in a clear sign of a deep split within the ruling right. In an interview, Nicolas Sarkozy called for a 6-month trial period for the CPE First Job Contract, which has sparked street protests and a national strike threat and highlighted the presidential rivalries of Sarkozy and Villepin. Commentators suggest...

2006-03-21 13:01:00

By Sophie Louet POISSY, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin told jobless people on Tuesday he was ready to improve his contested youth employment contract, but refused to bow to street protests and a national strike threat. The prime minister, battered in the polls and facing a stern test of his ambition to contest 2007 presidential elections, repeated his call for unions and employers to work with him on how best to implement -- not abandon -- the...

2006-03-21 08:44:20

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - France's ruling conservatives looked to Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin to chart a way out of a youth jobs law crisis on Tuesday as the threat of a national strike and fresh protests kept up the pressure. The large public sector is expected to join a one-day work stoppage on March 28 and high school students took to the streets on Tuesday around France to demand Villepin withdraw the contract they say removes job security for young people....

2006-03-20 09:05:10

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac on Monday backed his prime minister in a confrontation over a youth job law, urging unions and students to enter constructive talks on the measure rather than threaten strikes. Buoyed by protests at the weekend that organizers said brought 1.5 million people onto the streets nationwide, union leaders set a Monday evening deadline for the government to withdraw or suspend the First Job Contract (CPE) law. Prime Minister...

2006-03-18 13:35:05

By Matthew Bigg and Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - Huge crowds of students, trade unionists and left-wing politicians took to the streets across France on Saturday to press the conservative government to scrap a new law they fear will erode job security for young workers. Hundreds of thousands turned out in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Rennes and over 150 other cities and towns in a growing protest movement that has created a serious crisis for Prime Minister Dominique de...

2006-03-18 10:50:39

By Kerstin Gehmlich and Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - Huge crowds of students, trade unionists and left-wingers took to the streets across France on Saturday to put pressure on the conservative government to cancel a new law they fear will undermine job security for young workers. In a festive mood under bright blue skies, tens of thousands turned out in Paris, Lyon and Rennes in the biggest of 160 planned demonstrations in a growing movement that has created a serious crisis for...

2006-03-18 06:54:39

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - Protesters and police geared up for mass demonstrations across France on Saturday as pressure mounted on the conservative government to cancel a new law that students and unions fear will undermine job security. Trade unions and left-wing parties will join students in the demonstrations, bringing numbers, organizational talent and leading opposition figures to a movement that has created a serious crisis for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin....

2006-03-17 07:40:28

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac called for swift talks on Friday between the government and unions over a youth employment law after Paris protests against the measure ended in violence and arrests. Ministers tried to calm growing opposition to the new contract by promising to find a solution, one saying no worker could be laid off without justification. Critics say the law will allow companies to fire people at will. Interior Minister Nicolas...

2006-03-16 12:51:32

By Kerstin Gehmlich and Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French police used teargas when violence erupted as students turned up the heat on Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin over a jobs law on Thursday, while his government struggled to defuse the crisis. A kiosk was set on fire and some students threw stones at police at the end of a rally in Paris by several thousand university and high school students. Protests across France have gathered in momentum since hundreds of thousands...


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