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French PM says possible to 'modify' labour reforms at centre of strikes

AFP , Thursday 26 May 2016
Labour reforms demonstration
A demonstrator holds a banner reading "Under a 49.3 climate, people are on the nerves. Valls and Hollande you are toasted" during a protest against the government's planned labour reforms on May 12, 2016 in Toulouse, southwestern France (Photo: AFP)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday it might be possible to make changes to the labour reforms that have sparked protests and a wave of strikes.

While he insisted the reforms would not be withdrawn, he told BFMTV: "There could still be changes, improvements."

Speaking later to French radio, Valls accused the CGT union leading the disruption at refineries and fuel depots of being "irresponsible" and said the union could not "impose legislation".

France faced fresh strikes Thursday after nuclear power station workers voted to join gathering protests against the labour law reforms that have forced the country to dip into strategic fuel reserves due to the refinery blockades.

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