The French government on Saturday condemned “unacceptable violence” in far-left-led protests against police brutality, in which a police car was attacked and officers were trapped inside, according to an AFP correspondent.
The nationwide protests began less than three months after a week of riots in Paris and other cities sparked by the fatal shooting of a young police officer at close range at a traffic checkpoint on the outskirts of Paris.
In Paris, hundreds of people wearing black clothes and hoods broke away from the main march of thousands.
They smashed the windows of bank branches and threw objects at police cars stuck in traffic, an AFP reporter said.
Paris police said a police car was attacked with a crowbar and the vehicle could only be released through the intervention of riot police.
A video later published by the BFMTV channel and shared on the internet shows a group of masked protesters chasing the car and kicking it multiple times while a man breaks the window with a crowbar. It was reflected.
The officer got out of the vehicle and brandished a service weapon, but returned to the vehicle without firing a shot.
“We can see where the anti-police hatred is going,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on X (formerly Twitter), condemning the “unacceptable violence” against police.
Paris police chief Laurent Nunez said three people had been arrested in the case.
Trade unions said around 80,000 people are expected to take part in protests across France in response to calls from radical leftists, including the far-left party France Inboud (LFI), but police put the number at 13,800. Announced.
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