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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.