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2006-03-16 09:30:54

By Anna Willard and Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of French university and school students marched on Thursday to demand the government scrap a contentious youth jobs law that has badly hurt the ratings of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. The protests have gathered pace since huge March 7 demonstrations, a sign of hardening opposition to the contract that has stoked government fears radicals could use the protests to foment clashes with police. Organizers...

2006-03-16 07:59:06

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French students and unions vowed to step up mass protests on Thursday unless the government scrapped a contentious youth jobs law that has badly hurt Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's popularity. The fresh nationwide protests by students were expected to show hardening opposition to the law which critics say reduces job protection for young people. Villepin has stood firm on the contract he says will cut youth joblessness. Student leaders said...

2006-03-15 18:12:16

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin faces new protests on Thursday against a youth job law that has already triggered demonstrations around the country and dented his popularity. About two-thirds of French universities have been disrupted by protests against a law which critics say reduces job protection for young people. Villepin says the law will help reduce unemployment among the young, now running at 22.8 percent, more than twice the...

2006-03-15 11:39:58

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac urged unions and students on Wednesday to take up his government's offer of talks on a youth jobs law that has sparked mass protests around the country and rattled his prime minister. Members of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party have openly criticized the government for failing to talk to unions about the new job contract, which opponents say reduces job protection for young people. Students and...

2006-03-14 08:50:30

By Sophie Louet BERLIN (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac offered "total and unreserved" support on Tuesday to his embattled prime minister, who faces mass demonstrations against a youth job law protesters have vowed to defeat. Fresh marches were planned in Paris and around France to demand the withdrawal of the CPE "first job contract," the latest in a series of rolling actions this week that have disrupted around half of France's 80-odd universities. Surging opposition to...

2006-03-13 08:16:03

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - French students and unions vowed on Monday to press on with mass protests over a youth labor law, rejecting Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's offer of talks and demanding he abandon the measure. Facing the biggest threat to his 10-month premiership, Villepin went on national television on Sunday to defend his CPE youth labor contact, offering instead to negotiate new guarantees with unions and employers to head off criticism. His offer came the...

2006-03-12 16:28:10

By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - France's Dominique de Villepin, facing the biggest test of his 10-month premiership, pledged on Sunday to apply a youth labor law that has triggered protests but offered guarantees to head off criticism of the measure. The conservative prime minister denied in a television interview he was isolated over the plan to loosen France's rigid labor laws for people under the age of 26, and invited unions to talks starting in April on ways to combat job...

2006-03-12 12:26:10

By Tim Hepher PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin faced the biggest test of his 10 months in office on Sunday as he prepared to defend youth labor reforms which have sparked student protests and sent his popularity tumbling. Villepin was due to give a major television interview a day after police smashed their way into Paris's Sorbonne University to end the first student occupation since a May 1968 student revolt that weakened his political idol Charles de...

2006-01-19 12:54:57

By Elizabeth Pineau BREST, France (Reuters) - France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack or used weapons of mass destruction against it. Reaffirming the need for its costly nuclear deterrent, President Jacques Chirac said security came at a price and France must be able to hit back hard at a hostile state's centers of power and its "capacity to act." Chirac's speech pointed to a change of emphasis to...

2006-01-19 10:57:16

By Elizabeth Pineau BREST, France (Reuters) - France said on Thursday it would be ready to use nuclear weapons against any state that carried out a terrorist attack against it, reaffirming the need for its nuclear deterrent. Deflecting criticism of France's costly nuclear weapons program, President Jacques Chirac said security came at a price and France must be able to hit back hard at a hostile state's centers of power and its "capacity to act." He said there was no change in...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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