French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) speaks on June 14, 2016 during a session of questions to the government at the National Asssembly in Paris. / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON
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A defiant French prime minister Wednesday vowed to stand firm on a disputed set of labor reforms, despite mass protests against them that spiraled into violence.Forty people were hurt in the clashes, which came with the international spotlight shining brightly on France as host of the Euro 2016 football championships.Police and organizers gave wildly different figures for the turnout, with unions saying 1.3 million people had turned out across France but police estimating the crowds at 125,000 or more, some 80,000 of them in Paris.
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