France: Police surround labour reform protesters occupying Salle de la Cite

Police in riot gear secured the Salle de la Cite in Rennes, on Tuesday, after activists, protesting against proposed labour reforms, occupied the building on Sunday night. Scores of other protesters gathered outside the building in solidarity with those inside.
The protesters hung out banners outside the building and blocked the entrance with the garbage, preventing police from entering.
On Monday evening, the mayor of Rennes Nathalie Appere requested the clearing of the building, though police are yet to move in.
Commonly referred to as the 'El Khomri law' after French Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri, the reforms will look at almost all aspects of France's labour laws; maximum working hours, holidays and breaks, among other areas will be open to negotiation as the government attempts to liberalise France's labour market. French President Francois Hollande is said to be attempting to lower the country's unemployment rate below 10 percent.

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