ngs of masked youths hurling stones and makeshift fire bombs in Paris. Police firing back with teargas and water cannon. Clad mostly in black, the protesters are angry over proposed labor laws that would make hiring and firing easier. Tens of thousands of people marched through the city on Tuesday, led by the labor unions.
The police department reported 58 arrests with dozens injured. The clashes coming at a time when the country's security forces are seriously stretched, what with the Euro 2016 football tournament, and France still on maximum alert since Islamist militants killed 130 people in November. On Monday night, a policeman and his wife were killed at their home.
Police say the attacker was an Islamist-inspired man wielding a knife. Protests over the planned labor reform started back in March. Reuters' Ingrid Melander in Paris explains the President's lose-lose situation.>> President Hollande has been very unpopular for quite some time. I mean if you look at opinion polls he's the most unpopular French president on record.
But he's basically made it a case of showing his strengths, and showing he can carry out reforms. Although this is not doing him any good for his ratings, actually pulling the reform wouldn't help him either. Because a lot of people also want these reforms, and he would appear as a show of weakness, he might as well continue and carry out this reform and make sure it's adopted in Parliament.
>> The police banned 130 potential troublemakers before Tuesday's rally even started. The hardline CGT labor union calling for a large turnout, to prove that opposition is still strong, despite a fall in numbers at rallies and strikes recently. With roughly three times the numbers of previous protests it seems it's call was heeded.