An individual wearing a garbage pail and carrying a sign reading "decapitalism" marches as demonstrators gather on May 17, 2016 in Nantes, western France, to protest against the government's planned labour law reforms. AFP / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD
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Tear gas briefly choked a Left Bank neighborhood and truckers blocked highways in Provence and Normandy in new tensions over a French labor bill Tuesday – but the president insisted that he won't abandon the contested reform."I will not back down" on the bill, President Francois Hollande said Tuesday on Europe-1 radio, arguing that the new law is necessary to boost hiring and investment.A crowd of protesters followed Hollande to a pharmaceutical laboratory he was visiting Tuesday, demanding the law be abandoned.Protests against the bill have often turned violent.
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