• This Thursday, May 26, 2016 file photo shows riot police officers clashing with protestors during a demonstration held as part of nationwide labor actions in Paris, France. A deeply divisive labor bill has been definitively adopted by the French Parliament after the government used a special measure to force it through without a vote. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

    French workers get fewer protections under new lab

    PARIS (AP) — French workers lost some of their famed labor protections Wednesday, as the government tries to keep up with the global economy by weakening union powers and giving employers more freedom to fire people and lengthen their hours.