Thousands of French bosses took to the streets on Monday at the start of a week of coordinated protests against the Socialist government's regulations and high taxes.
Cities including Paris, Marseille and Toulouse saw around 4,000 owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) pound the streets in protest.
Demonstrators brandished signs saying "Free Our Businesses" and wore construction type neon clothing to draw attention to their plight, the France 24 news agency reported.
The last time French employers' associations marched in protest was in 2000, when the then right-wing government introduced the 35-hour working week. This time around, the protests are part of a week of action called by a number of French employers' groups to protest against the socialist government's lack of reform of rigid labor laws that business leaders say are hurting their businesses by making it hard to hire and fire employees.
Concerns center on three main issues: Compulsory payments that businesses have to make for workers doing certain shifts, rules stating that they cannot employ part-timers for less than 24 hours a week and new regulations that will force companies of less than 250 employees to inform their workers before they negotiate the sale of a business to new owners.