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Strikes, protests in France against disputed labor reforms

  • Students burn flares and shout slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2016,  during a nationwide day of protest.  Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour working week and other labour rules.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Students burn flares and shout slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2016, during a nationwide day of protest. Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour working week and other labour rules.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Employees, workers and students demonstrate in the Old-Port, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2016, during a nationwide day of protest.  Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour working week and other labour rules. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Employees, workers and students demonstrate in the Old-Port, in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2016, during a nationwide day of protest. Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour working week and other labour rules. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Students shout slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2016, during a nationwide day of protest.  Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour working week and other labour rules.  (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    Students shout slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Thursday, April 28, 2016, during a nationwide day of protest. Student organizations and employee unions have joined to call for protests across France to reject a government reform relaxing the 35-hour working week and other labour rules. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)  (The Associated Press)

French protesters are back on the streets over proposed reforms to the country's labor rules and strikers have forced cancellations and delays at two airports serving Paris.

French television showed clashes in Marseille and elsewhere in the country. Demonstrators were also marching in Paris.

An strike by air traffic controllers canceled 20 percent of all flights at Paris' Orly Airport and caused delays at Charles De Gaulle, according to a notice on the Paris airport authority website on Thursday.

France has seen a series of strikes and protests against the labor reform bill, which is aimed at encouraging companies to hire. Critics on the French left say the reforms will compromise France's hard-won worker protections without curbing the country's stubbornly high unemployment rate.