is expected to further disrupt a transport network already suffering
from a shortage of fuel.
President Francois Hollande has insisted he will not back down over
the reforms, which aim to make it easier to recruit and dismiss
is hosting the Euro 2016 football championships in less than two
transport disruption is likely later in the week as Paris metro staff
are due to begin indefinite action on Thursday and Air France pilots
have voted to strike over pay.
Monday, six of France's eight oil refineries were still halted or
running at reduced capacity due to union action.
at the oil terminal in the northern port of Le Havre, which supplies
Paris's two main airports, have voted to extend their blockade until
labour reform bill - main points
35-hour week remains in place, but as an average. Firms can
negotiate with local trade unions on more or fewer hours from week
to week, up to a maximum of 46 hours.
are given greater freedom to reduce pay.
law eases conditions for laying off workers, which is strongly
regulated in France. It is hoped companies will take on more people
if they know they can shed jobs in case of a downturn.
to get more leeway to negotiate holidays and special leave, such as
maternity or for getting married. These are currently also heavily
CGT union is leading the action, supported by other unions including
Force Ouvriere and Unef, whereas the more moderate CFDT union backs
the labour reforms.
CGT says the reforms will erode job security without bringing down
the country's 10 percent unemployment rate.
Minister Manuel Valls - who has suggested the reforms could be
"modified" - has cancelled a planned trip to Canada while
Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has said he wants France to remain
open for business.
week's rallies saw clashes between protesters and police and the
Paris tourist board warned that the scenes of violence risked putting
scenes of guerilla-type action in the middle of Paris, beamed around
the world, reinforce the feeling of fear and misunderstanding"
after last November's terror attacks which killed 130 people in
Paris, it said.
46 percent of French people remained supportive of the protests
despite the disruption to their daily lives, according to a poll on
Sunday in the Journal du Dimanche newspaper.