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Nantes Student Demonstration Turns Violent As Hollande Pushes Through Labour Reforms

Youth unemployment in France is at 25 percent.

A student demonstration in France turned violent on Thursday forcing police to respond with tear gas.

The protest was held in the city of Nantes over proposed labour reforms that are intended to free up the job market.

France suffers from an unemployment rate of around 10 percent, with youth unemployment at a staggering 25 percent.

President Francois Hollande, up for re-election next year, proposed the reforms that students and trade unions say threaten workers’ rights.

Thursday’s protest saw nine arrests as students threw bottles at security forces.

A second demonstration was held in a southern suburb of Paris.

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A French policeman in riot gear holds a flashball gun.
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Clouds of tear gas surround a youth.
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Demonstrators react near burning garbage bins.
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French gendarmes in riot gear walk past burning garbage bins.
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French gendarmes in riot gear.
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French police and gendarmes apprehend a youth.
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A cloud of tear gas fills the air.
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French police apprehend a youth.
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A cloud of tear gas surrounds French high school and university students.
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French high school and university students take part in a demonstration against the labour reform bill.
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French high school and university students take part in a demonstration.
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Students take part in a demonstration against the labour reform bill.
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University students take part in a demonstration.
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University students take part in a demonstration against the labour reform bill.