Protesters against covid restrictions in violent clashes with police in Paris

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Published on 24 Jul 2021, 20:16
French anti-riot police fired teargas as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign.

Police sought to push back demonstrators near the capital's Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after protesters had knocked over a police motorbike ridden by two officers.

Footage showed a heavy police presence on the capital's streets. Scuffles between police and demonstrators also broke out the Champs-Elysees thoroughfare, where teargas was fired and traffic was halted.

Across France, protests were planned in cities including Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse.

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