Thousands of people gathered in Place de la Republique for 'Nuit Debout', the 'Night Rising' protests, ahead of the changes of the country's labor rules. The Occupy-style protest is spreading to cities across France.
French authorities have accused "violent groups" of exploiting large protests against its plans to reform labor laws. Some 150 people have been detained, including 27 arrested overnight at Paris' Place de la Republique.
French authorities have warned any violent protests tied to the Nuit Debout movement will face justice. The two-week old Nuit Debout protests have been largely peaceful.
France's "Nuit Debout" protests have morphed into a leaderless citizens' movement aimed at giving a grassroots voice to at least one slice of the French population, reports Elizabeth Bryant from Paris.
A Nuit Debout (Up All Night) demonstration turned violent after President Hollande said he would keep controversial new labor laws. The French political scientist Claire Demesmay explains what is behind the movement.
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