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Despite mass protests, France passes maligned labor bill without debate

As protesters marched through Paris on Tuesday, France’s lower house of Parliament rammed through a controversial labor proposal—which would give companies more power to fire workers and extend hours—without a vote.

According to Agence France-Presse, the bill now goes to the Senate, then returns to the lower house for a final decision later this month.

French labor unions organized an 11th-hour march against the proposal on Tuesday. Its passage comes after months of protests that often ended in clashes between police and demonstrators and have caused at least a few senior members of President François Hollande’s Socialist party to implore the government to abandon the legislation.

“This is a counterproductive law socially and economically,” Marie-Jose Kotlicki, a member of the instrumental CGT union, told Reuters. “The government is making a mistake in underestimating the level of discontent over this law.”

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