Scuffles, arrests in Paris as thousands mark May Day

Scuffles, arrests in Paris as thousands mark May Day
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Police scuffled with protesters in Paris on Saturday, firing tear gas as thousands turned out across France for May Day workers’ rights demonstrations. A police source told AFP that far-left “black bloc” protesters had repeatedly tried to block the trade union-led march in the French capital, with 34 people detained. Some protesters smashed the windows of bank branches, set fire to dustbins, and threw projectiles at police, who responded with volleys of tear gas and sting ball grenades. An injured policeman had to be evacuated, an AFP journalist saw. The CGT union said nearly 300 Mayday protests were planned around the country, with authorities expecting around 100,000 demonstrators to join them in total.

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