The Uefa Euro 2016 football championships have not prevented the people of France from contesting proposed labour reforms in what has been an ongoing battle with the French government. Demonstrators, including CGT labour union employees, marched through the streets of France on Tuesday (14 June 2016), demonstrating against Hollande's government plans to put in place a more relaxed labour law.

If put in place, the law, which is currently being debated in the Senate, would make it easier for employers to hire and fire their staff. It would affect the working rights of many French citizens, giving firms the opportunity to opt out of national labour protection rules.

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Police officers detain an injured demonstrator in ParisAlain Jocard/AFP

In Paris, protesters threw projectiles at police officers who responded with tear gas, during which hundreds of thousands of people, including seven unions and student organisations, arranged demonstrations against the proposed laws. French CGT trade union general secretary Philippe Martinez was seen at the front of the crowd as they lead the way down through the French capital.

The Associated Press reported that rail workers and taxi drivers have gone on strike, while others blocked roadways. The Eiffel Tower was closed because the operators couldn't guarantee public safety.

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A French CGT labour union employee holds a placard during a demonstration in MarseilleJean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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A protestor raises his fist during a demonstration in MarseilleJean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

In Marseille, people were seen wearing masks depicting French President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Manual Valls as they ran through the roads brandishing lit flares.

The streets of France have been scenes of demonstrations such as these for nearly four months, many of which have turned violent.

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French CGT trade union general secretary Philippe Martinez (C) attends a demonstration in ParisJacky Naegelen/Reuters
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A demonstrator wearing a Phrygian cap holds a French flag with the slogan 'abolition of privileges 2.0' during a demonstration in MarseilleYves Herman/Reuters
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French CGT labour union employees march during a demonstration in MarseilleJean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
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An injured protester gestures in ParisDominique Faget/AFP
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A message reading 'Valls = shame', in reference to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, is seen on the road during a demonstration in ParisJacky Naegelen/Reuters
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A protester stands in tear gas smoke in ParisAlain Jocard/AFP
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Employees who are on strike sit on a bench as they take a break during a demonstration in ParisJacky Naegelen/Reuters
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Demonstrators wearing French soccer team colors and masks depicting (L-R) French employer's body MEDEF union leader Pierre Gattaz, French President Francois Hollande and French Prime Minister Emmanuel Valls take part in a demonstration in MarseilleYves Herman/Reuters
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A protester holds a placard reading 'I am a pacifist but behind me the people rumbles' during a protest in RennesDamien Meyer/AFP
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Red smoke rises from a smoke bomb near a group of French anti-riot police in ParisDominique Faget/AFP
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Press photographers wear helmets and gas masks as they document a demonstration against proposed labour reforms in ParisDominique Faget/AFP
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People gesture near an injured protester lying on the ground in ParisDominique Faget/AFP
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A person holds up a lit flare as others wave flags of French union confederation Confederation generale du travail (CGT) during a demonstration against proposed labour reforms in ParisDominique Faget/AFP
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A man holds up a sign with a portrait of French President Francois Hollande reading 'disgrace' in ParisDominique Faget/AFP
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A woman with boxing gloves gestures during a demonstration in ParisAlain Jocard/AFP
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People wearing masks mocking France's Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron (L) take part in a demonstration in MarseilleBoris Horvat/AFP
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Protesters are seen in sunglasses during a demonstration against the French government's planned labour law reforms in MarseilleBoris Horvat/AFP
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Employees who are on strike stage a die-in with labour code placards during a demonstration in ParisJacky Naegelen/Reuters
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Crowds of people hold general labour confederation union (CGT) flags as they take part in a protest against the French government's planned labour law reforms in MarseilleBoris Horvat/AFP