France protests
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Massive strikes and protests over labor reforms are taking place across France on Thursday, with public transport disruptions and many schools, as well as popular tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, remaining closed, local media reported.

The protests are against a bill that would relax France's labor laws, permitting employees to work much more than the current statutory 35-hour week, imposing a cap on damages in cases of unfair dismissal as well as removing barriers to firing employees on economic grounds.

Over 250 protest rallies are planned across the country with hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate, The Local France reported Thursday.

On March 24, ten police officers were injured and 45 people were detained after students and labor union activists took to the streets of Paris and several other French cities. About 43,000 people participated in the rallies that day.