Thousands march in Paris in protest at labour reforms
AFP photoProtesters were gathering in Paris as France's Senate was expected to vote on June 28 on contested bill reforming employment laws.
Marches were organised by seven trade unions and student organisations in the country's major cities.
The Eiffel Tower has closed for the day due to a strike of some of the employees. The company running the monument says there were not enough workers to open it for the day in conditions sufficient to assure security and public amenities.
Air France warned customers of some delays and last-minute cancellations might happen due to a strike of some air controllers.
In Paris, unions and workers planned a march under close police watch from Bastille plaza to Italy plaza, in the east of the capital. The police were checking protesters' bags before letting them enter the area.
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