Amid ongoing blockades and intensifying clashes with police, protests against President François Hollande\u0026#039;s controversial set of labor reforms deepened on Thursday as workers in France\u0026#039;s nuclear plants joined the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in a nationwide strike.Fueled by \u0022a groundswell of public anger,\u0022 as the Associated Press put it, the strikes have already shut down France\u0026#039;s gas stations forced the country to dip into reserve petrol supplies.\u0022After oil refinery shutdowns, \u0022 Euronews reports, \u0022Thursday\u0026#039;s strikes at nuclear sites have taken the stand-off one stage further. Power cuts are not expected but tension is growing as France prepares to host the Euro 2016 football tournament in two weeks time.\u0022Sixteen out of the countries 19 nuclear plants voted to join the strike, AP reports.In addition to clashes in Paris, where police fired tear gas at demonstrators, the Guardian reports \u0022that sreet marches took place in towns and cities across France, including Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.\u0022 Scores of people were arrested.On Twitter:Railway, refineries, air traffic control, nuclear plants on strike in France; here\u0026#039;s Nogent-sur-Seine (AFP/Getty) pic.twitter.com/RZPFUvJriZ— reported.ly (@reportedly) May 26, 2016\r\n\r\nWorkers on strike block the access to France\u0026#39;s nuclear plant in Nogent-sur-Seine. pic.twitter.com/9CaiIrgCzY\u0026mdash; Lorena de la Cuesta (@LorenadlaCuesta) May 26, 2016\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nClashes as #France gripped by fresh wave of strikes https://t.co/uK9mRrl8UY pic.twitter.com/UVS3X20YVo\u0026mdash; Ahram Online (@ahramonline) May 26, 2016\r\n\r\n\r\n#Paris in tear gas clouds as clashes erupt during labor protests#France pic.twitter.com/6pOWqb48DX\u0026mdash; Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) May 26, 2016\r\n\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams previously reported:Hollande\u0026#039;s severely unpopular proposals allow employers to more easily fire workers and create precarious, poorly paid positions in place of permanent contracts. Critics also charge that the reforms are designed to make it easier for corporations to move jobs offshore and increase workers\u0026#039; hours without overtime pay.The reforms provoked the nation\u0026#039;s Nuit Debout (\u0022Up All Night\u0022) protest movement to form in March, and the country has seen widespread demonstrations and mass rallies since then.While saying that there could be \u0022modifications, improvements\u0022 to the law, Prime Minister Manuel Valls doubled down on the reforms, saying, \u0022changing course is out of the question.\u0022According to Mathieu Pinault of the CGT union, ditching the law is the right move.\u0022What we want today is for this movement to spread,\u0022 he said. \u0022All the other sectors in France seem decided to stop the factories, to paralyze the economy, so we really think that we have a wide movement which will continue with the will to impact the economy. So, in all logic, it should force the government to withdraw this bill, which isn\u0026#039;t at all in everyone\u0026#039;s interest.\u0022CGT also sparked the ire of newspaper editors on Thursday when it blocked the publication of nearly all the country\u0026#039;s national papers after they did not submit to the union\u0026#039;s demand that they publish an op-ed by its leader, Philippe Martinez, calling for the government to ditch its labor proposal.