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France pushes through labour law despite protests

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>> A last ditch rally after months of anger. Thousands marching through Paris against a labor law that makes it easier to hire and fire French workers. Their protests fell on deaf ears. Prime Minister Manuel Vous, has shrugged off dissent.>>
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> Announcing on Tuesday, that he would push through the reform anyway, invoking his Constitutional powers to bypass Parliament, leapfrogging over rebels in his own socialist party, who have tried to block the law.
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Right wingers too, walking out of the National Assembly. It's a gamble for the unpopular socialist government, less than a year before an election. Their aim, cutting unemployment, stubbornly high at 10%. Ramming through the law smacks of desperation, say the unions. They've lead months of protests, some igniting into violence.
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Riot police were taking their chances. This is the last march before a summer lull, but the dissidents are weighing up their options and promising the battle is far from over.