Anti-François Hollande protests in Paris degenerate into violence | World news | theguardian.com.
Nineteen police officers were injured and 250 people detained as a protest in Paris against President François Hollande‘s leadership degenerated into violence, police have said.
Police said that none of the injuries was critical. The numbers of injuries and detentions are high compared with other protests in recent weeks expressing discontent with Hollande, who is particularly unpopular for his handling of the economy.
Police said 17,000 people took part in Sunday’s largely peaceful protest, while organisers put the number several times higher.
Fifty associations were involved, including conservative and far-right groups. Also present were supporters of the provocateur-comic Dieudonné, who has been repeatedly convicted of antisemitism and racism.