Friday 30 September 2016

Eight arrested as Paris protest turns ugly

Published 10/04/2016 | 12:01

Demonstrators during clashes with police as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and lay-off practices, in Paris (AP)
Demonstrators during clashes with police as part of a protest against the proposed changes to France's working week and lay-off practices, in Paris (AP)

Eight people have been arrested in Paris as protesters against the government's labour reforms went on a rampage across the capital, attacking a police building, damaging cars and vandalising bank offices.

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The protesters tried in vain in the early hours of Sunday to get to the residence of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is on a trip to Algeria.

Police said later that the rioters consisted of about 300 people who came from a sit-in at the Place de la Republique, but it is not clear whether they had any affiliation to the so-called Night Rising group there.

Police said the situation at the sit-in, which is ongoing, is now calm.

Saturday saw scores of rallies and demonstrations across France in opposition to the labour reforms.

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