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French police fear riots in protests over labour laws

French police are preparing for potential violence as unions and other groups hold nationwide demonstrations against changes to labour laws they fear damage job security.

The protests are the first big public display of discontent with President Emmanuel Macron's presidency, which kicked off in May amid enthusiasm over his promises of revving up the French economy but is now foundering amid anger over the labour decrees and other domestic troubles.

The prominent CGT union is leading the protests, calling for strikes and organising 180 demonstrations against labour decrees unveiled last month by Mr Macron's government.

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