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In pictures: French protests

Protesters

Thousands of French students have joined protests across the country over new youth employment laws.

Protests in Rennes

The law will make it easier for employers to get rid of young people on the new contracts, without explanation.

Rennes

Students in Rennes briefly barricaded themselves into the town hall as part of their protests, calling on the government to repeal the law.

Rennes

Police moved in to clear the students from the town hall, but protests continued outside.

Protester

Dozens of universities and secondary schools across France were disrupted by student action.

In the Paris suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine, some protesters burned a car during a protest rally.

Students

Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin proposed the idea after riots last year as a way to help disadvantaged young people find jobs.

Protests

President Jacques Chirac has appealed for dialogue to resolve the conflict as unions plan more protests at the weekend.




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