Dozens of officers have been injured in riots across France as anger mounts over officers’ brutal beatings on a young black man in Paris.
Police fired tear gas and stunning grenades this afternoon during a protest march against police violence in Paris as masked protesters fired fireworks, erected barricades and threw stones.
Although the majority of the protesters were peaceful, several small groups of officers clashed and vehicles were set on fire in the French capital.
Thousands of people also marched in Lille, Rennes,
Strasbourg and other cities.
The protests came after recordings of music producer Michel Zecler, who was beaten by three police officers last weekend, were made.
The violence has also fueled anger over a bill that could make it illegal to share pictures of police officers during operations.
Critics warn that brutality goes unpunished.
Many protesters carried placards with slogans such as “Who will protect us from the police?”, “Stop police violence” and “Democracy bludgeoned”.
President Emmanuel Macron said the images of the attack on Mr Zecler were shameful to France.
As part of an investigation into the beating, four police officers are being held for questioning.
Protester Caroline Schatz told Reuters: “What is happening in Paris is extremely worrying and we cannot allow this to happen.
“I spent two years with the yellow vests and saw all the violence.”
On Thursday, French soccer star Kylian Mbappe was one of the players in the World Cup to condemn institutional racism.
Regarding the film about the Michel Zecler attack, Mbappe wrote on Twitter: “Unbearable video, unacceptable violence. Reject racism.”