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More than 100 police officers injured and mass arrests after violent protests across France

Officials in France have reported that more than 290 police officers were injured and more than 290 arrested following the clashes between protesters and officers.

As part of the May Day rallies in Europe, union-led protests were held in Paris.

The protesters also damaged bus stops and hurled fireworks in the French capital, where 90 arrests were made. Police responded with tear gas.

Gerald Darmanin, France’s Interior Minister, said that the majority of the protests were peaceful in France, but in Paris, Lyon, and Nantes, “police face extremely violent thugs” who are out to kill police officers, and destroy property.

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He added, “This violence must not be tolerated.”

He stated that 291 arrests had been made in the entire country, with 108 officers being injured as a result of clashes.

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The police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters. Some of them were described by France’s interior minister as “extremely violent Thugs”.

According to the police, 112,000 protesters gathered in Paris from a total population of 782,000 across the country.

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The unions had expected that hundreds of thousands of people would show up to support the first May Day after President Emmanuel Macron’s controversial pension reforms.

Image: People attending the traditional May Day Labour March in Paris
Image: French police rioting in Paris

The retirement age has been raised from 62 years old to 64.

The trade unions called for an increased turnout to try and reverse the controversial reforms.

May Day is celebrated in many countries on the 1st of May to honor workers’ rights. This includes rallies, marches, and other events.

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Adam Parsons, Sky News’ Adam Parsons, explains all you need to understand about the protests

French police used tear gas to combat protesters who pelted them with Molotov Cocktails, fireworks and destroyed ride-sharing bikes.

In Lyon and Nantes, some vehicles and businesses were destroyed and set alight.

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