Protesters opposed to COVID measures clash with police in Paris

Protesters cling placards and banners all the way through an illustration referred to as by way of the “yellow vest” (gilets jaunes) motion towards France’s restrictions to struggle the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) – French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday as clashes erupted all the way through protests in central Paris towards COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination marketing campaign, tv reported.

Police sought to ward off demonstrators close to the capital’s Gare Saint-Lazare railway station after protesters had knocked over a police motorcycle ridden by way of two officials, tv photos confirmed.

Photographs confirmed a heavy police presence at the capital’s streets. Scuffles between police and demonstrators additionally broke out the Champs-Elysees thoroughfare, the place teargas used to be fired and visitors used to be halted, the photographs confirmed.

At some other protest referred to as by way of far-right politicians in west Paris, demonstrators hostile to anti-coronavirus measures carried banners studying “Prevent the dictatorship”.

Throughout France, protests had been deliberate in towns together with Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes and Toulouse.

An authentic with France’s inside ministry mentioned 161,000 other folks had demonstrated around the nation on Saturday, up from 114,000 per week previous.

French lawmakers are because of vote this weekend on a invoice drafted by way of the federal government geared toward putting in place a well being move and obligatory vaccination for well being staff.

Reporting by way of Matthias Blamont; Modifying by way of Helen Popper, Edmund Blair and Clelia Oziel

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