Protesters and members of French General Confederation of Labor (CGT) workers union demonstrate on June 29, 2016 in Bordeaux, southwestern France. / AFP / Mehdi FEDOUACH
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French government efforts to end a sometimes violent showdown with trade unions over plans to loosen labor laws were dealt a blow Thursday when unions rejected new amendments.President Francois Hollande wants to make it easier for firms to hire and fire staff in an effort to bring down double-digit unemployment before next year's presidential election, but unions say the reforms badly erode workers' rights.On Wednesday the government offered unions more of a say in determining workers' terms at industry level than currently set out in the bill, while still shifting the emphasis towards companies.Unions opposing the bill have scheduled a protest for July 5 .
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