Police in Paris fired tear gas at demonstrators outside of the Paris Motor Show today. Around 1,000 protesters showed up in an attempt to break through police lines and gain access to the show in a demonstration against further austerity measures. The group included workers from a PSA Peugeot Citroën plant that's scheduled for closure, and some demonstrators threw eggs and flour at police. The group also reportedly included workers from other manufacturers that have announced job cuts.

The standoff is part of nationwide demonstrations as France continues to struggle with an unemployment rate parked at over 10 percent. Lawmakers in the country are currently deciding on whether or not to back a European Union agreement that will see France agree to balance its finances in an attempt to slow the continent's debt crisis. Such austerity measures are unpopular in France, and were the leading issue driving former President Nicolas Sarkozy from office. Socialist President Francois Hollande earned the office after campaigning on a platform that promised to tackle the French deficit without stifling growth or imposing austerity measures.

The CGT labor union has responded to the EU agreement by organizing this week's demonstrations.


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      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      If their cars arent selling they dont get to keep their job. Its simple math.
      Sj027
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, France really seems to be imploding from within. One might want to visit Paris (outside of the chic, affluent districts in the center of the city) and see just what I'm talking about.
      James Scott
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they protesters were throwing *ANYTHING* at the Police then no kidding they'll get tear gassed. It doesn't matter if it was eggs and flour, violent actions are always met with force regardless of how harmless they are.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was the tear gas made in a union shop? If so, then I'm sure the protesters dont mind being gased.
      Val
      • 2 Years Ago
      how dare those french companies spend money on auto shows exhibitions!!! The money they spent on the show and also on designing and building concept cars would have gone a long way in providing salaries for the workers! In fact, the companies should stop working on new models and fire all marketing and management people. That way they can concentrate on making proven models, which have already paid for themselves, plants won't need expensive retooling, and all the profits can go into hiring even more people. Look at how brilliantly this worked for VAZ with the lada models. They made them virtually unchanged for something like 35 years. In fact, the french should also remove some of the robots, not all, just some, and give the jobs back to real people. Robots don't have unions and they can't throw eggs... unless they are egg throwing robots, but that's another thing.
        plewdawg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Val
        I read this a couple of times, hoping you are being tongue in cheek humor. It doesnt appear so. What manifesto did you get this political diatribe, comrade? It was pointy heads like you that got France where they are and now blame the ones you forced your will on.
      Dennis Kfc
      • 2 Years Ago
      those French workers are lazy, they should have make some flambéed crepe Suzette and catapulted at police
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Time for everybody to add their two cents while relating it to the U.S .Constitution.
      Timothy Gray CCC
      • 2 Years Ago
      No gas at auto shows under Bush.
      Mr. ROC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Our news media cannot hide us from the truth of what is happening in Europe. Companies cannot sell a product if the people cannot afford them. This is very simple. The U.S. government needs to live with in it's income. This would go along way to helping our economy. Our government needs to stop punishing business with higher taxes just so they can spend more! Reform the tax code. Preisident Obama had two years of controling both houses of congress. I will not accept his or anyone elses excuses for this not happening, but then it could just be me!!!
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rubber bullets and battons would have been far more effective IMO.
        nsxrules
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Ducman69, agreed. Unions act like thugs but hate when they get the same treatment back.
        Autoblogist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Somebody should rubber bullet and batton your face.
      EvilTollMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Stay Classy France
      • 2 Years Ago
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