French unions will stage new protests Thursday against an overhaul of the country’s labour code, hoping to build pressure on President Emmanuel Macron days before his signature reform is expected to become law.

The marches come a week after hundreds of thousands of people – 200,000 according to police, half a million according to organisers – demonstrated against the plan, in the first challenge to Macron since he was elected in May.

More rallies are expected on Saturday, staged by hard-left political party France Unbowed, in another measure of the resistance to 39-year-old Macron’s pro-business agenda.

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