Hard-left leader accuses president of throwing away postwar social gains

Thousands of demonstrators heeded a call by the hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon to demonstrate their opposition to the government’s labour law reforms.

The leader of La France Insoumise (Unbowed France) claimed that 150,000 people were at Place de la République to hear him say: “You are the pride and honour of a country that will not stand and be insulted … it was the people who beat the kings, the Nazis … We are here to defend the republic.”

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