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Published 16 September 2017

The PFLP, a Palestinian socialist group, expressed solidarity with French protesters, and called for global cohesion of workers to "confront imperialism."

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released a statement expressing its solidarity with the French workers protesting President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms, and called on French and European leftists to also confront imperialist and Zionist forces.

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“The Front called on all French parties, unions and leftist forces to unite... emphasizing the unity of these forces, first and foremost, as part of a cohesion of global progressive forces that can come together to confront imperialism and the brutal programs of capitalist globalization and instead stand together to demand social justice, dignity and the equitable distribution of wealth in the interests of the workers and popular classes.”

The Front “expresses its solidarity with colleagues and friends in progressive and left French parties and unions, standing with the working class and youth workers in their just demands.”

The PFLP is a Marxist-Leninist Palestinian revolutionary organization, which is among the groups forming the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

They called on all to confront the “fascist and racist currents in France and Europe, which stand allied with the Zionist project in its attacks on our people.”

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The organization said in the statement that the labor reforms being carried out by President Macron, which are widely opposed by workers and union members and have resulted in mass protests, are “fully consistent with the savage principles of neoliberalism and imperialism.”

The reforms are part of “the agenda and program of the robbery and confiscation of the rights of the people to benefit corporate CEO's, major corporations and international financial institutions, the same sector that shaped French President Macron,” the PFLP said.

Macron announced labor reforms as a key part of his campaign, and they were officially announced last month. The reforms look to redo France's entire labor code, and would give employers more power to hire and fire workers at will, as well as reduce the power of unions by giving more company-level rather than industry-level negotiation ability.

Regarding the widespread opposition to the bill, Macron, a former banker, said that those who oppose the reforms are “lazy," later clarifying that he was referring to politicians, not workers after the statement fueled outrage.

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