Riot police deployed as tens of thousands march against Macron reforms

Riot police deployed as tens of thousands march against Macron reforms

Riot police deployed as tens of thousands march against Macron reforms

French President Emmanuel Macron caused a social media frenzy in Australia on Wednesday after he referred to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife as "delicious" while thanking them for their hospitality. Critics claim the changes favour companies and France's wealthiest citizens. The 40-year old centrist president has ushered in reforms tackling everything from education, employment, and the state rail operator.

Organisers had urged participants to attend in a party mood - but the high security owed much to hundreds of black-clad youths having torched cars and a McDonald's restaurant during traditional 1 May demonstrations in the capital, prompting fears that more "black bloc" protesters could hijack today's event.

Addressing supporters from a bus bearing the slogan "when everything is privatised we shall be deprived of everything", he warned Macron many people were sickened by "endless gifts for the rich (given) the difficulty of the French people to make ends meet".

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The reform of the SNCF is the biggest since France's nationalisation of the railways in 1937; it will phase out the SNCF monopoly in domestic passenger rail and end hiring on more protective contracts than in other sectors.

In any case, the moment made headlines in Australia as a somewhat comedic ending to a serious news conference focusing on violent May Day protests in Paris, the Iran nuclear deal and China's growing influence.

A demonstrator waves a flag of the French communist party in front of the Opera Garnier during an anti-Macron "festive" protest called by La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) political party two days ahead of the first anniversary of his election as President, in Paris, France. While all the more regularly used to depict a food item, "delicieux" can likewise portray a person, regardless of whether it is a to some degree antiquated use. However, Macron is a first government official to give controversial remarks.

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