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France braced Sunday for violence at May Day rallies where workers are fired up over labour reforms, while similar fears of eroding rights sent tens of thousands into the streets of South Korea. From Moscow to Marseille, protests were expected in cities across the globe to celebrate Labour Day as the working classes battle economic crises and unemployment that have fuelled anti-government sentiment. France was on high alert after protests against planned labour reforms this week descended into chaos with scenes of burning cars and stone-throwing protesters who injured dozens of policemen in Paris.
China's economic recovery stabilised in April, an official factory activity gauge showed Sunday, as the property market recovered and credit grew. The Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI), tracking activity in factories and workshops, rose for the second successive month, the National Bureau of Statistics said.