WATCH Protests Held in Paris Amid Macron's Inauguration Anniversary 'Holiday'

French Workers Rally

French Workers Rally

President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday underscored New Caledonia's importance to France, but stopped short of calling for the territory's residents to vote against independence in a forthcoming referendum.

Authorities are pledging to avoid a repeat of violence and damage that scarred May Day protests in Paris earlier this week.

Benjamin Griveaux, a government spokesman, expressed fears on Friday that the demonstration could turn violent.

The protest is the latest in a series of large street demonstrations against Macron, whose overhauls of everything from the education system to the state rail operator have been causing friction with various groups.

It was organised by François Ruffin, an MP for the leftwing party La France Insoumise, or France Unbowed, and other former members of the Nuit Debout, or Up All Night movement that staged nocturnal rallies across France in 2016.

French workers who opposed President Emmanuel Macron's reform of rail sector stormed offices of the ruling party "Republic on the Move" (LREM) on Friday in a further move to force the government to reconsider the reform, Le Parisien newspaper reported.

Saturday's demonstration, under a large police presence, comes nearly a year to the day since 40-year-old Macron won the presidential race on a centrist platform and with a pledge to shake-up rigid institutions and revitalise the economy.

Recent polls show a majority of people against breaking with France.

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Since he was elected a year ago, Macron has set about transforming France, taking on the unions and the employment laws. Delpuech said "there is every reason to think" violent individuals will try to disturb Saturday's protest.

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