Thousands take to the streets in Marseille, protesting against French President Macron's labour reform proposals. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. French far-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon joined protesters marching in Marseille on Tuesday (September 12) against a loosening of labour regulations. Thousands took to the streets in the southern port city in a demonstration organised by the hard-left CGT union. The union said 60,000 people participated. Police said the figure stood at 7,500. Melenchon, who fronts the 'France Unbowed' movement, told reporters he was certain French President Emmanuel Macron would back down. The French government last month set out measures including a cap on payouts for dismissals judged unfair, and greater freedom for companies to hire and fire. The reform makes no direct reference to the 35-hour week, a totem of the labour code, though it hands firms more flexibility to set pay and working conditions. The government plans to adopt the new measures, being implemented by decree, on Sept. 22.