Paris police had to spray tear gas to disperse and control masked protesters in the city. By lunchtime, the police had arrested more than 150 people. Several hundred protesters tried to storm a police station in the town of Besançon. This year’s May 1st protests around France have been categorized as noisier than usual.
The political turbulence of the past six months, with the emergence of the yellow West movement and recurring Saturday demonstrations, has meant that the police are now prepared for trouble around the country.
At 13.15 Paris police announced that they had seized 165 people in Paris, reports FranceInfo. Thousands of people had gathered for the main demonstration that ended at 14.30. But long before that, the police had on several occasions sprayed tear gas to control some protesters.