Plane Services Disrupted When More Than 1 Million Protest New Labor Law in France

The new labor law will make it easier to fire young people. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin held firm, but cracks opened in his conservative government as pressure for him to withdraw the contested measure reached unprecedented heights.

"We are here for our children. We are very worried about what will happen to them," said Philippe Decrulle, an Air France flight attendant at the Paris march. "My son is 23, and he has no job. That is normal in France."

The nationwide strike - the first time that unions had ordered walkouts in solidarity with students spearheading the protests - slowed train, plane, subway and bus services to a fraction of their normal levels.

The Eiffel Tower was closed, employees at the Paris landmark said. Some elementary and high schools closed as teachers walked off the job.


Associated Press Writers Angela Doland, Jean-Marie Godard and Jamey Keaten in Paris contributed to this report.

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