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Hundreds of Thousands March in France Against Jobs Law


French police clashed with protesters Tuesday during another nationwide demonstration against a new youth jobs law.

Demonstrators in Paris threw rocks, metal poles, and park benches at police -- who responded by firing tear gas and rubber pellets.

Authorities report more than 200 arrests. Earlier, labor unions said at least two million people across France joined marches in Paris and other cities.

Strikes disrupted airline and commuter rail service, but various reports said the delays were not as bad as last week. France's education minister told parliament the number of schools affected by the strike was relatively limited.

Student leaders and unions called the strikes to protest legislation allowing companies to hire young workers for a two-year probationary period.

The government says the law is necessary but opponents say it lets bosses fire workers at any time for no reason.

President Jacques Chirac has signed the jobs bill, but he said it will not take effect until changes are approved.

Student leaders say the law needs to be scrapped altogether. Protest organizers are expected to meet lawmakers Wednesday for talks on the impasse.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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