Rioters Injure More Than 100 Police In Protest Against Pensions Reform
Rioters Injure More Than 100 Police In Protest Against Pensions Reform:
At least 108 police officers have been injured in clashes across France with protesters angry at pension reforms.
The interior minister, Gérald Darmanin said such a large number of police wounded was extremely rare, adding that 291 people had been arrested during the unrest.
Hundreds of thousands have been taking part in May day demonstrations against president Emmanuel Macron’s reforms.
he signed the reform into law on 15 April, hours after France’s constitutional council broadly backed the changes.
However, opinion polls show a large majority of the population opposes the higher pension age.
The reforms are expected to come into force by September.
Most were peaceful but radical groups threw petrol bombs and fireworks, while police responded with tear gas and water cannon.
The interior ministry put the overall number of demonstrators at 782,000, including 112,000 in the capital paris, but the cgt union say the figure is three times that number.