Thousands of police and demonstrators have squared off on the streets of Paris amid huge May Day protests in the French capital. Violence has erupted as black-clad protestors hailed missiles and tried to break through police cordons in the heart of the city. Waves of heavily armoured police can be seen confronting the angry crowd as authorities struggle to contain the chaotic street violence that has swept the country.
Footage of the clashes in Paris appears to the line of riot police being forced back by the crowd of marked demonstrators.
Hooded protestors can be seen hurling glass bottles and other missiles at the police.
May 1 traditionally sees the largest trade unions in France take to the streets in a show of strength on Labour Day.
This year demonstrators are also expressing outrage at Emmanuel Macron’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as attempt to force through a new controversial security bill.
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