Protesters have clashed with Police in Paris, the capital city of France, as tens of thousands took the streets to protest against new security law.
Over ten thousand protesters vented their anger against the security law which would restrict the publication of police officers’ faces.
Some 46,000 people marched in Paris and 133,000 in total nationwide, including Bordeaux, Lille, Montpellier and Nantes, according to the interior ministry while protest organisers said some 500,000 joined nationwide, including 200,000 in the capital.
Several cars were set on fire close to Place de la Bastille and some protesters threw stones at the security forces who responded by firing tear gas and using water cannon, as disclosed by an AFP correspondent.
Police complained that protesters impeded fire services from putting out the blazes and said nine people had been detained by the early evening
France’s Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin denounced the “unacceptable” violence against the police, saying 37 members of the security forces had been injured nationwide.
An investigation has been opened against the four police-involved but commentators say that the images — first published by the Loopsider news site — may never have been made public if the contentious Article 24 of the security legislation was made law.
Macron on Friday called the incident of the beating of Black music producer Michel Zecler by police officers in Paris last weekend “an “unacceptable attack” and asked the government to come up with proposals to “fight against discrimination”.
The incident has magnified concerns about alleged systemic racism in the police force.
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