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Impromptu protests over jobs law continue

April 9, 2006

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— French students disrupted a Davis Cup tennis tournament and staged a supermarket sit-in amid impromptu protests Saturday to push the government to revoke a youth jobs law that has divided the nation.

The key players in the standoff were apparently using the weekend to mull their next moves. President Jacques Chirac was to announce plans for modifications to the law on Monday, based on the results of talks between labor unions and the governing UMP party, his aides said. Unions, too, were to meet Monday and decide whether to continue the nationwide strikes.

School vacations starting this weekend could crack the solidarity of students who have been at the forefront of the standoff. With Alpine ski slopes and Mediterranean beaches calling, some say they will have to stop demonstrating to go on holiday with their families.

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