gatherings banned at Place de la Concorde after two evenings of violence
The demonstrations which took place Thursday and Friday evening a few hundred meters from the National Assembly were peppered with incidents.
Gatherings at Place de la Concorde, as well as on the Champs-Élysées, were banned on Saturday by the Paris police headquarters, after two evenings of demonstrations interspersed with incidents against the use of 49.3 to pass the pension reform.
“Due to the serious risk of disturbances to public order and safety (…) any gathering on the public highway place de la Concorde and its surroundings as well as in the sector of the avenue des Champs-Élysées is prohibited.“, told AFP the prefecture. “People who try to gather there will be systematically evicted by the police.“And can be verbalized, we added from the same source.
The demonstrations which took place Thursday evening and Friday evening place de la Concorde, a few hundred meters from the National Assembly, were peppered with incidents. As night fell, hundreds of people clashed with the police in small groups, throwing projectiles.
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On Friday, when 4,000 people gathered in the square, 61 people were arrested, according to the Paris police headquarters. Thursday, 10,000 people gathered there and 258 people were arrested.
Place de la Concorde, the largest in Paris, is located at the foot of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and contains the Obelisk of Luxor in its center. It is known in particular for having been one of the places of execution during the French Revolution.