French strikers have set their sights on a new target, threatening to paralyze the country when it hosts the 2016 UEFA European Championship soccer tournament next month.
Students and union workers alike have been demonstrating for weeks now against labor reform laws passed by decree by the French government.
The laws are set to change France's infamous 35-hour week, as well as make it easier for employers to hire and fire employees. French President Francois Hollande's government hopes this will encourage more long-term employment.
Currently, the majority of new French private-sector jobs are on short-term contracts that many blame France's unemployment rate on, which stands at an 18-year high of more than 10.2 percent with almost one-in-four under-25s unemployed, according to the European statistics service Eurostat.
Protests against the reforms once again turned violent on Thursday – with demonstrators clashing against police in several French cities. Union workers halted their work at oil refineries across the country, as well as at nuclear power plants, train stations and airports.