French students riot in protest at reforms

France“French students threw bottles at police and broke shop windows in Paris overnight during a demonstration against government reforms, police said today. Police arrested four people during the student march, which started late last night at the Tolbiac university in southern Paris and went all the way to the Barbes area in the north of the city, close to the tourist hub of Montmartre. ‘All along the way the demonstrators damaged property. Lots of shop windows were hit by bottles. They also threw bottles at the security forces, but there was no police charge or fighting,’ said a police spokesman. French universities have been hit for several months by a series of strikes, sit-ins, boycotts and sieges by both students and lecturers over several disputed government reforms …” (more)

[Irish Times, 18 March]

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