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French police clash with anti-reform protesters

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>> Protesters clashing with police in Paris as tens of thousands take to the streets, part of a nation wide day of demonstrations against labor reforms which will make hiring and firing easier. In the southwest city of Bordeaux, about a hundred people targeted a police station. In Paris and Nantes, bank windows were broken.
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Police responded with tear gas. The government, though, still flatly refuses to withdraw the contested labor law. Reuter's Ingrid Melander was at the protests in Paris.>> CGT Labor Union's organizing the rallies today has been losing momentum as opposed to the more moderate CFDT Union. But now it is at the forefront.
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And we're peaking now with some workers, some elected officials from the unions. And they were saying well, if we have to do some disruptions on the Euro Tournament, well so be it.>> Workers of the CGT Union also continue to choke off power and fuel supplies across France with blockades at oil refineries in the north of the country.
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And workers erecting roadblocks, burning wooden pallets and tires at key ports like Le Havre. Strikes at nuclear plants across the country on Wednesday night meant power was cut by five gigawatts. Despite its determination, the CGT is fighting a more lonely battle this time round. It does not have the backing from the other big union, the CFDT, who have called for a truce.
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Regardless, these workers aren't giving up yet.