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Strike call over French job law
Students and workers demonstrate in Paris
French unions and students have decided to step up their campaign against a new labour law by holding a day of strikes and protests on 28 March.
On Saturday hundreds of thousands across France took part in marches and rallies against the law, which makes it easier to dismiss young workers.
The government insists it will not withdraw the measure, which it says will help reduce youth unemployment.
President Chirac has urged protesters to begin talks with the government.
Unions had given the government a Monday evening deadline to withdraw the law, but Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said he would not back down.
Under the new scheme introduced by the law, employers will be able to end job contracts for people under the age of 26 at any time during a two-year trial period, without having to offer an explanation.
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