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Police arrest French protesters angry over labor law changes

  • Riot police officers scuffle with youth  during a demonstration in Paris, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Unions call on French teachers, transport workers and others to join a strike and protests against a bill extending the workweek and making layoffs easier. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Riot police officers scuffle with youth during a demonstration in Paris, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Unions call on French teachers, transport workers and others to join a strike and protests against a bill extending the workweek and making layoffs easier. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Riot police officers detain a protestor during a demonstration in Paris, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Unions call on French teachers, transport workers and others to join a strike and protests against a bill extending the workweek and making layoffs easier. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Riot police officers detain a protestor during a demonstration in Paris, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Unions call on French teachers, transport workers and others to join a strike and protests against a bill extending the workweek and making layoffs easier. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • People demonstrate, one holding a placard reading "Youth in pain, elders in misery" in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Unions call on French teachers, transport workers and others to join a strike and protests against a bill extending the workweek and making layoffs easier. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    People demonstrate, one holding a placard reading "Youth in pain, elders in misery" in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Unions call on French teachers, transport workers and others to join a strike and protests against a bill extending the workweek and making layoffs easier. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

Protesters threw stones in Paris and French police sprayed tear gas during new strikes and demonstrations against proposed changes to France's work week and layoff practices.

The scuffles Tuesday led to a few arrests and sent demonstrators fleeing in panic in eastern Paris.

The lower house of Parliament is taking up the labor reforms Tuesday after a string of strikes and protests.

Socialist President Francois Hollande's government, desperately trying to lower unemployment, says the bill will encourage hiring, especially of young people. But unions and students say it erodes hard-fought worker protections.

Covering their faces with hoods and scarves, some of the few hundred students demonstrating carried a banner reading "General Burnout - (Labor Minister Myriam) El Khomri to the ground. We are going to burn down all of Paris."