Disruptive demonstrations are sweeping across Paris and a few other provincial cities, with incidents in Nantes, Rennes and a parallel procession in Marseille, while in Toulouse a wall was erected to block a fire station entrance.
In Paris, a police helicopter has monitored a tense procession from above. The police have made wide use of tear gas, including against the quiet part of the procession from Champs de Mars to Place Denfert-Rochereau. There have been 12 arrests and tensions between two groups of protesters representing the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) and the Workers’ Force (FO). The police, wearing helmets to protect themselves from possible sharp objects, was criticized by part of the procession screaming “collabo” — traitor.
The protest march was headed by the union’s representatives, together with the security forces, followed by the “anti-flic” group, caught in the middle, while the rear end of the procession was calm, the police being present especially in front and at the intersections. The Parisian event had a participation that resembled the one present at the previous meeting, between 11,000 and 55,000 participants, depending on the sources (the police or the unions).