Police in the French capital, Paris, used tear gas on Sunday against anarchists who ravaged corporate premises during Labor Day protests. Among other things, the protesters disagreed with the policy of the newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron. TASR has taken over the report from Reuters.
Demonstrators walk by a burning trash can during riots at a May Day protest rally organized by French trade unionists on the occasion of the International Labor Day in Paris on May 1, 2022.
The demonstrations in France were attended by thousands of people who called for wage increases and called on Macron to abandon plans to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65. Most of the rallies were peaceful, but violence broke out in Paris near Place de la République at the beginning of the protest march and also at its end in National Square in the eastern part of the city.
The black-robed rioters demolished one of McDonald’s restaurants in Paris, as well as several real estate agencies and banks, smashing windows and setting fire to trash cans. They also tried to build a barricade. Police said they even attacked firefighters trying to put out the fire.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin condemned the violence as “unacceptable” on Twitter. According to him, 29 people were detained in Paris until the evening.
Approximately 250 meetings were held in Paris and other cities in France, including Lille, Nantes, Toulouse and Marseille. In the country’s capital, politicians – mostly from the left-wing camp – and climate activists have joined the unions.
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