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Unions vow to step up strikes in crisis-hit France

By AFP

Added 27th May 2016 10:29 AM

With just two weeks to go before France hosts the Euro 2016 football championship, the country has been gripped by more than a week of rolling strikes

Unions vow to step up strikes in crisis-hit France

A man holds a bouquet of flowers and a torch as he faces riot police during a demonstration against the government's planned labour reform/AFP

With just two weeks to go before France hosts the Euro 2016 football championship, the country has been gripped by more than a week of rolling strikes

French unions on Friday urged workers to step up a wave of industrial action against a controversial labour law, a day after clashes over the reform rocked protests in Paris.

With just two weeks to go before France hosts the Euro 2016 football championship, the country has been gripped by more than a week of rolling strikes that have disrupted transport and sparked fuel shortages.

The tug of war between unions and President Francois Hollande's deeply unpopular government showed little sign of ending, as union representatives urged workers to "multiply and support" the strikes.

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