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French carmaker PSA uses Macron reforms for 1,300 redundancies

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French carmaker PSA said Tuesday that it would make 1,300 people redundant under labour reforms pushed through by President Emmanuel Macron, the first big company to take advantage of the looser layoff laws.

Macron ran his campaign on a pledge to make businesses more competitive by making it less expensive to hire and fire workers, part of the former investment banker's push for a "French renaissance".

In September, he used executive decrees to shake up collective bargaining rules, overcoming the resistance of the far left and some labour unions.

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Thousands march in Paris in protest at labour reforms

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Protesters were gathering in Paris as France's Senate was expected to vote Tuesday on contested bill reforming employment laws.

Marches were organised by seven trade unions and student organisations in the country's major cities.

The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day due to a strike of some of the employees. The company running the monument says there were not enough workers to open it for the day in conditions sufficient to assure security and public amenities.

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France labour dispute: Dozens arrested in Paris ahead of protest

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Tens of thousands of people have taken part in a protest in Paris against France's labour reforms.

About 2,000 riot police were deployed to prevent a repeat of the violent clashes during the last demonstration on 14 June.

Some 100 people were arrested before Thursday's march set off from the Place de la Bastille.

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