French protesters clash with police over new security law

PARIS (AFP) – Violent clashes erupted in Paris on Saturday as tens of thousands took to the streets to protest against new security legislation, with tensions intensified by the police beating and racial abuse of a black man that shocked France.

Several fires were started in Paris, sending acrid smoke into the air, as protesters vented their anger against the security law which would restrict the publication of police officers’ faces.

Some 46,000 people marched in Paris and 133,000 in total nationwide, the interior ministry said.

People overturn a construction hut during a demonstration in Paris. PHOTO: AP