Demonstrators seize on president’s use of word ‘lazy’ as rallying slogan for protests in Paris and other big cities

Demonstrators and trade unionists have taken part in mass street protests across France against Emmanuel Macron’s overhaul of labour laws – the first strike action to face the new president.

The leftwing CGT union, France’s second biggest, called 4,000 strikes and protests on Tuesday, with public sector workers, train staff and energy sector workers joining. Transport was disrupted in Nice, but in Paris delays were limited to two commuter lines. The Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair cancelled flights, but other airlines, high-speed trains and Eurostar trains ran as normal.

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