Philippe Martinez (C), secretary general of the French union confederation Confederation generale du travail (CGT), smiles as he takes part in a demonstration against proposed labor reforms in Paris on June 14, 2016. / AFP / DOMINIQUE FAGET
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The head of a French union blamed for months of violence-marred demonstrations said Thursday it would stage more street marches against labor law reform next week, and accused the government of trying to discredit legitimate protest.The riposte from CGT union leader Philippe Martinez followed running battles in the streets of Paris and threats by President Francois Hollande to ban further marches.The CGT head rejected government accusations that his union was turning a blind eye to troublemakers in its ranks, but he was put on the defensive by Paris police reports that up to 200 CGT members took part in altercations.Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Martinez should condemn violence more clearly and exclude troublemakers from his union.
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