‘Nuit Debout’: Huge anti-labor reform protests rock France
10 April 201608:05 GMT
Hundreds of people have staged a protest in front of the residence of French PM Manuel Valls, BFMTV reported. The demonstrators were then blocked by police forces, who deployed tear gas against them.
"Paris, rise up," chanted the demonstrators.
- 08:05 GMT
At least eight people have been arrested "for throwing stones, carrying prohibited weapons, burglary and vandalism" during the Paris protests, the city council said.
- 16:05 GMT
RT UK’s camerawoman Hulya Sen has sustained an injury in her leg while covering the protests in Paris.
"She was filming and she says some kind of explosive device was thrown and it exploded near her foot and she has a bleeding leg,” RT’s Anastasia Churkina reported from Paris.
Churkina said Hulya was all right. The explosive device was apparently thrown by a protester, she added.
- 16:04 GMT
“Still no fear” and “Democracy, where are you?” is written on demonstrators’ banners in Paris.
Other banners read “For life without war” and “Stop the [labor reform] project.”
- 16:03 GMT
In Nantes, demonstrators have broken the windows of a local shop and set it on fire, while tear gas has also been deployed.
According to the city council the rally has gathered 2,600 people. But trade unions claim that at least 15,000 activists are taking part in the demo.
The protesters in Nantes have been throwing stones, eggs and firecrackers at police, AFP reports.