Clashes at the May Day demonstration in Paris resumed, the police used water cannons to disperse the demonstrators.
The May Day demonstration in Paris started after 14: 00 from the Place de la Republique. Representatives of trade unions and youth organizations, representatives of socialist and communist parties, and supporters of the “yellow vests” movement participate in the march. The march began peacefully, but demonstrators began throwing stones, firecrackers, and fireworks at the police, and law enforcement officers used tear gas. Radical Black block hooligans, who joined the May Day demonstration, smashed banks and broke the windows of bus stops, clashes broke out, and the march was blocked for some time. Two or three hours after the start of the demonstration, the riots began to subside when the demonstrators reached the final point of the route – Nation Square, but after 18: 00 local time, they broke out with renewed vigor.
At first, the clashes began between anti-fascists and representatives of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT); the police did not interfere. Then the crowd of radicals again began to provoke the guards, throwing stones and firecrackers at them, after which the police began to push them back harshly. To disperse the aggressive participants, law enforcement officers used water cannons and tear gas.
According to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, 34 people were detained during the demonstration.
According to the General Confederation of Labor, 150 thousand people took part in the demonstrations throughout France and 25 thousand in Paris. At the same time, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of France, 106 thousand participated in the May Day demonstrations throughout the country, 17 thousand – in Paris.