Students in Paris and other French cities such as Marseilles and Nantes have clashed with police during protests against the government's proposed labour reforms. Student groups joined hard-line labour unions in calling for protests against Labour Minister Myriam El Khomri's reforms, the government's latest attempt to bring down unemployment.

The students, who mobilised following a call to schools and unions to join the demonstrations, threw shovels, flares and other projectiles at police and attacked branches of financial institutions. Police used tear gas in order to contain the protests.

French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Youths stand on a car as French high school and university students take part in a demonstration against proposed labour reform bill in ParisBenoit Tessier/Reuters
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Masked youths attack a bank as French high school and university students take part in a demonstration against proposed labour reform bill in ParisBenoit Tessier/Reuters
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
A masked youth rolls a cable drum in the street as French high school and university students take part in a demonstration against proposed labour reform bill in ParisBenoit Tessier/Reuters
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
A youth with his face covered damages a security camera near a bank ATM in eastern ParisEric Feferberg/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
A destroyed ATM cash machine is seen outside a bank that was attacked by masked youths in ParisBenoit Tessier/Reuters
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Protest graffiti is seen outside a bank in ParisBenoit Tessier/Reuters
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Students congregate on the Triumph of the Republic monument on Place de la Nation in ParisEric Feferberg/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Students gather at Place de la Nation during the protest march in ParisEric Feferberg/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Riot police contain high school students during clashes near Place de la Nation in eastern ParisEric Feferberg/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
High school students march during a protest near Place de la Nation in ParisEric Feferberg/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
French journalist Edwy Plenel uses a smartphone as high school and university students take part in a demonstration against proposed labour reform bill in ParisEric Feferberg/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
French high school students attend a demonstration against the French labour law proposal in MarseilleJean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
University students stage a protest in MarseilleBoris Horvat/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
A police officer stands next to an upturned car near the Gaspard Monge La Chauviniere high school in Nantes, western FranceLoic Venance/AFP
French students clash with police during protests against labour reforms
Students wearing masks of the French labour minister and prime minister stage a protest outside the Helene Boucher high school in ParisEric Feferberg/AFP

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls had unveiled a revised labour reform bill that makes concessions to trade unions following the mass protests against the measures. In the revised version, the government will no longer impose a cap on severance pay for dismissed workers, a measure many companies argued would have helped reduce the uncertainty of going through the industrial court system. Instead, the new limits will be introduced as non-binding guidelines. The government failed to convince student organisations about the merits of its labour reform plans, and the unions left the meetings making renewed calls for street protests.