People flocked into the streets of several cities across France Tuesday in protest against unpopular labor reforms proposed by the Socialist government of President Francois Hollande. Thousands of workers as well as high school and college students joined the demonstration in the capital, Paris, to demand the withdrawal of the proposed changes to the country's labor laws.
The event turned violent after some of the protesters began throwing projectiles at security forces and police responded with tear gas. According to latest reports, police in Paris have arrested 130 people.
Serge Plechot, a representative of the CGT union, criticized the labor reforms, saying, "With this law they're encouraging people to hire but in fact making it easier to fire people."
"Of course we don't want the labor law, but then there's everything else. We don't want young people with no job security," said student protester Mathilde.
Other French cities, including Marseille, Lille, Nantes, Rennes and Strasbourg also witnessed similar protests. In Rennes, police used tear gas against demonstrators, who threw projectiles at security forces and blocked traffic. The event in Nantes turned violent.