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Paris police ban union protest amid fears of new violence

FILE - In this June 14, 2016 file photo, workers demonstrate in Marseille, southern France. Paris police have banned Wednesday June 22, 2016 a high-stakes union protest because they fear they cannot ensure security after a children's hospital was damaged and many injured at a recent march.  The march Thursday was to be part of protests around France and a one-day strike to express anger at a bill that makes it easier to lay off employees and weakens union powers. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)

FILE - In this June 14, 2016 file photo, workers demonstrate in Marseille, southern France. Paris police have banned Wednesday June 22, 2016 a high-stakes union protest because they fear they cannot ensure security after a children's hospital was damaged and many injured at a recent march. The march Thursday was to be part of protests around France and a one-day strike to express anger at a bill that makes it easier to lay off employees and weakens union powers. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)  (The Associated Press)

Paris police have banned a high-stakes union protest because they fear they cannot ensure security after a children's hospital was damaged and many injured at a recent march.

The decision Wednesday prompted immediate condemnation from leftist politicians and unions. The march Thursday was to be part of protests around France and a one-day strike to express anger at a bill that makes it easier to lay off employees and weakens union powers.

The bill has prompted months of protests that often degenerate into violence by small groups of extremist demonstrators.

Paris authorities asked protest organizers to hold a stationary rally instead of a march through Paris. The CGT union refused and Paris police said in a statement they "had no other choice but to forbid the holding of a protest."