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France: student unrest culminated in riots

March 17 2006

In France, the demonstration of opponents of the new labor laws have resulted in riots. The most serious took place in Paris. Students set fire to cars, pelted policemen with stones and bottles. Police in response to firing at the students with rubber bullets, also had to use tear gas.

The clashes of protesters with police took place in other cities of France. They were attended by about 250 thousand people.

According to the Ministry of Interior in the capital for participating in riots arrested 150 people, another 50 protesters were detained in other cities.

In Paris, clashes were slightly injured two police officers and one student. Reports of the victims also come from the cities of Nancy, Nantes and Montpellier, the BBC reported.

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