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French unions on the last demonstration against new labor law

French unions on the last demonstration against new labor lawFrench labor union will keep fighting a change of labor law but will end street demonstrations as the last protest has gathered not many people on Thursday.

The labor demonstrations on Thursday morning appeared with only minimal disruption to schools, transport and other public services in French cities. The civil aviation authority said 15 percent of flights were cancelled at Paris area airports. A protest is planned through Paris later.

Unions are protesting a labor law adopted this July that allows longer workweeks and makes it easier for companies to lay off staff.

President Francois Hollande's socialist government hopes it will make France more competitive. Unions say it damages hard-won worker rights.

As the wave of protests is about to end today, the labor unions are studying legal options to try to overturn some of the measures.

"We won't give up the fight. We're not going to have another wave of demonstrations but there are other ways of fighting the labor law. This law will be the chewing gum that sticks to the soles of the government's shoes," Jean-Claude Mailly, head of the Force Ouvriere union, told French public TV channel France 2.

The unions say the law will undermine high standards of labor protection as well as their ability to represent workers, notably in small firms where the law will allow employers and employees to negotiate deals on issues like overtime pay.
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