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Eight arrested as Paris protest turns ugly

Eight people have been arrested in Paris as protesters against the government's labour reforms went on a rampage across the capital, attacking a police building, damaging cars and vandalising bank offices.

The protesters tried in vain in the early hours of Sunday to get to the residence of French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is on a trip to Algeria.

Police said later that the rioters consisted of about 300 people who came from a sit-in at the Place de la Republique, but it is not clear whether they had any affiliation to the so-called Night Rising group there.

Police said the situation at the sit-in, which is ongoing, is now calm.

Saturday saw scores of rallies and demonstrations across France in opposition to the labour reforms.


From Belfast Telegraph