Labor Day demonstrations in many French cities turned into riots. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said at least 108 policemen and gendarmes were injured, including 20 in Paris. According to the Interior Ministry, 782,000 people demonstrated across the country. The CGT trade union reported more than two million.
In the capital, participants demonstrated with anti-government and anti-presidential banners. Many of the protesters carried caricatured masks of President Emmanuel Macron. Among the 20 policemen injured in Paris is a member of the intervention company seriously injured by a Molotov cocktail. “He has burns to his face and arms, his condition is not life-threatening,” Darmanin added.
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne criticized “unacceptable scenes of violence” on the sidelines of the demonstrations. According to the Interior Ministry, 782,000 people demonstrated across the country. 291 people were detained, including 90 in the capital. Other figures were provided by the CGT trade union. According to him, about 2.3 million people marched in demonstrations across the country
“They come to commit violence”
Paris police prefect Laurent Nunez warned on Monday morning that around 2,000 ultra-left activists, including foreigners, would take part in the Paris demonstration. “Activists from the ultra-left movement come to commit violence and today they will have the support of activists from all over Europe,” said Nunez.
They poured paint on the facade of the Ritz Hotel
Earlier, Extinction Rebellion activists poured colorful paints on the building of the Louis Vuitton foundation, located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris in the Bois de Boulogne. Around noon, activists from Derniere Renovation poured buckets of orange paint on the facade of the Ritz Hotel and the Ministry of Justice.
In Lyon, hooded demonstrators dressed in black destroyed a shop window, there were clashes with the police, who used tear gas. Riots also broke out in Nantes. The police used tear gas on the protesters, and the demonstrators threw objects at the officers.
They took over a luxury hotel in Marseille
At the end of the May Day demonstration in Marseille, around 200 people briefly occupied the luxury Intercontinental Hotel. Called by the CGT Education union, the demonstrators wanted to carry out a “symbolic action against the unequal distribution of wealth.” The unionists were quickly dislodged and pushed back into the courtyard of the hotel by the police, who used tear gas.
The French continue to massively support the protests against the pension reform. According to poll According to a poll conducted for the daily Le Figaro, 65 percent of French people support the May Day demonstrations, while 60 percent also want the protests to continue after Labor Day.
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