Masked youths clashed with police in Paris and striking workers blockaded refineries and disrupted nuclear power stations on Thursday as an escalating wave of industrial action against labour reforms rocked France. Police fired tear gas at around 100 protesters who broke away from a march through the capital to smash windows of shops and parked cars, an AFP reporter said, in the latest outburst of anger at the controversial legislation. With just two weeks to go before France hosts the Euro 2016 football championship, union activists blocked roads and bridges, and train drivers and air traffic controllers staged walkouts.
By Brian Love and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) - French protesters attacked a police station and smashed bank windows on Thursday at rallies against labor reforms, while the hardline CGT union sought to choke off fuel supplies in a showdown with a government that said it would not back down. Seventy-seven people were arrested across France. The interior ministry said more than 150,000 marched, far fewer than in earlier protests over the past three months against the government's plans to make it easier for firms to hire and fire.