Paris: Police in Paris have arrested nearly 200 masked demonstrators who smashed shop windows and torched cars during annual May Day protests.
Far-left anarchist groups, known as Black Blocs, hijacked a peaceful rally against President Emmanuel Macron’s public sector labour reforms. Police said about 1,200 masked and hooded protesters attended the annual 1 May demonstration by labour unions. Four people, including a police officer, were lightly wounded.
The protesters were swamped with teargas and sprayed with a water canon in an effort to disperse them. Riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse the protesters. Four people were reportedly injured in the clashes, including a police officer.
“I condemn with absolute firmness the violence that has taken place today and which has misled the May Day processions. Everything will be done so that their authors are identified and held responsible for their actions,” French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in French.