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Tens of thousands of French protesters marched against President Emmanuel Macron's flagship economic reforms on Tuesday in the first major demonstrations against his pro-business agenda.Some 4,000 strikes and 180 protests were called by France's biggest trade union, the CGT, with rail workers, students and civil servants urged to join the protests against proposed changes to labor law.The business-friendly Macron wants to make France more attractive for both French companies and foreign investors who have long complained about restrictive labor laws and the power of trade unions.The CFDT, the largest union in the private sector, and the leader of the usually fiery Force Ouvriere (FO) union have both declined to join the strike action.Macron is hoping to avoid a re-run of mass demonstrations against labor reforms initiated by his Socialist predecessor Francois Hollande that rocked France for months last year.The CGT plans to follow Tuesday's actions with a second protest day on September 21, with another two days later called by far-left firebrand Melenchon.
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