A woman holds flowers in front of French gendarmes during a protest against the government's controversial labor reforms, near the Place de la Bastille (Bastille Square) in Paris, on June 23, 2016. / AFP / ALAIN JOCARD
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Thousands of demonstrators marched under massive police surveillance in Paris Thursday to try to force the government to drop its labor reforms but President Francois Hollande said he would pursue the plan "to the finishing line".Protesters – whose numbers were put at 20,000 by police but three times that many by organizers – chanted "Scrap, scrap, the labor reform!" as they marched around the capital's Place de la Bastille square, hemmed in by large numbers of riot police.The Socialist government had initially banned the march – the first time a government had taken such a step in more than 50 years – for fear of a repeat of the violence that had marred previous protests against legislation that will make hiring and firing easier.Police said 95 people were arrested as crowds converged on the marching zone.
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