French unions win right to protest despite fears of violence

June 22, 2016 1:52 PM

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French unions win right to protest despite fears of violence

PARIS — The French government and unions reached a compromise Wednesday allowing a new labor march in Paris, amid heightened political tensions and security fears after recent protest violence injured dozens and damaged a renowned children’s hospital.

The debate about the protest march planned for Thursday had taken on national importance, echoing a larger battle raging for months over a government bill rethinking France’s cherished but costly worker protections.

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