Europe/France/08-12-2019/Author (a) and Source: www.rt.com
Footage from Paris shows protesters hurling objects at police, and riot-geared officers charging in response.
As flares light up the night, stun grenades can be heard exploding. There is also what appears to be tear gas.
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The CGT union said around 1.5 million people marched in support of the protest, while the interior ministry estimates spoke of 700,000. Either way, the protest easily dwarfed the weekly ‘Yellow Vests’ demonstrations that have been happening every Saturday for over a year now.
The widespread protest crippled public transportation services across the country, and is expected to continue until Monday. It is the largest general strike in France in decades.