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Up All Night: French Workers Resist Labor Code Overhaul

Working-class militancy and protests have greeted the proposed labor reforms that workers claim overwhelmingly serves the interests of employers.
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Supporters of the unorthodox anti-austerity movement
Supporters of the unorthodox anti-austerity movement "Nuit Debout" (Up All Night), gather on the Place de la Republique in Paris Photo:Reuters
People march with labour union flags and banners at a demonstration to protest the proposed labour law reforms in Nantes, France, May 17, 2016.
People march with labour union flags and banners at a demonstration to protest the proposed labour law reforms in Nantes, France, May 17, 2016. Photo:Reuters
French labour union workers and students attend a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Lyon, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes. The slogan reads
French labour union workers and students attend a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Lyon, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes. The slogan reads "Nuit Debout (Up All Night), day on strike." Photo:Reuters
A protester wears a garbage can during a demonstration against French labour law reform in Nantes, France, May 17, 2016.
A protester wears a garbage can during a demonstration against French labour law reform in Nantes, France, May 17, 2016. Photo:Reuters
French riot police officers clash with protestors during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Nantes, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes.
French riot police officers clash with protestors during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Nantes, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes. Photo:Reuters
Clouds of tear gas fill the air as protesters face off with the police during a demonstration against what they say is police violence, in Rennes, France, May 14, 2016.
Clouds of tear gas fill the air as protesters face off with the police during a demonstration against what they say is police violence, in Rennes, France, May 14, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A banner reads
A banner reads "No right to work. No unemployment rights" protests against the French labour law proposal during the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Youths raise their hands high to show that they do not hold bottles or stones as they pass French riot police during a protest against the French labour law proposal during the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2016.
Youths raise their hands high to show that they do not hold bottles or stones as they pass French riot police during a protest against the French labour law proposal during the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A hooded youth throws a bottle during a clash with French riot police to protest against the French labour law proposal during the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2016.
A hooded youth throws a bottle during a clash with French riot police to protest against the French labour law proposal during the May Day labour union march in Paris, France, May 1, 2016. Photo:Reuters
French riot police officers (CRS) face protestors during clashes during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Paris, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, April 28, 2016.
French riot police officers (CRS) face protestors during clashes during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Paris, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, April 28, 2016. Photo:Reuters
A French CRS riot police is evacuated during clashes with French high school and university students during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Paris, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, March 31, 2016.
A French CRS riot police is evacuated during clashes with French high school and university students during a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in Paris, France, as part of a nationwide labor reform protests and strikes, March 31, 2016. Photo:Reuters
Published 17 May 2016
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