French premier condemns violent protesters

1 December 2018 | 16:45

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 1 December 2018 | 16:45

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PARIS: France’s prime minister said that some protesters have attacked police officers in rarely seen violence in central Paris, leading to the arrest of at least 107 people.

Edouard Philippe has told reporters at Paris police headquarters that authorities counted more than 5,000 protesters on and around the Champs-Elysees avenue.

He said “some determined, equipped individuals” gathered Saturday morning to “provoke” clashes with police. At least 10 officers were slightly injured.

He added that he was “shocked” by violence near the Arc de Triomphe and graffiti sprayed onto the monument, a symbol of the country with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

He said that authorities are “determined to allow peaceful protests” and will give “no excuse to those coming to make trouble.”

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