• Short Summary

    Violence flared again in the depressed northern French town of Denain to Thursday (8 March) as workers whose jobs are threatened by proposed cutbacks at their steel-works defied riot police from behind street barricades.

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    Violence flared again in the depressed northern French town of Denain to Thursday (8 March) as workers whose jobs are threatened by proposed cutbacks at their steel-works defied riot police from behind street barricades.

    SYNOPSIS: Police fired tear gas bombs and percussion grenades in an attempt to disperse about two thousand steel workers protesting against planned government economies. But the situation was relatively calm compared to Wednesday's (7 March) explosion of fury by workers against plans that will wipe out about twenty-one thousand jobs throughout the French steel industry by the end of the year. Wednesday's rioting in the streets of Denain left thirty workers of Denain left thirty workers injured. Police said that, at around midnight on Wednesday at least one gunman opened fire on a squad of police, and wounded seven of them.

    Early on Thursday afternoon, police yielded to union demands and pulled out their reinforcements. The demonstrators continued their protests, but police were spectators -- merely looking on from a distance.

    Meanwhile, in Paris, leaders of all steel unions met Labour Minister Robert Boulin, who is trying to defuse the conflict. The government is offering early retirement and retraining schemes to minimise the effects of redundancies. But there were no signs the talks would satisfy steel workers who continued their violent demonstrations throughout the north and the industrial region of Lorraine in eastern France.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2VICZF5F1UTE9G5Z8CB4KAWA1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2VICZF5F1UTE9G5Z8CB4KAWA1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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