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Lyon Protest Results in Injuries for Six Demonstrators and 16 Policemen

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Paris, May 1 – Six protesters and 16 police officers were injured during a May Day demonstration in the French city of Lyon, BFMTV reported, citing the local prefecture.
Massive May Day demonstrations took place across France on Monday. As the the News Agency correspondent reported, in Paris, immediately after the start of the procession, violent clashes broke out between black bloc extremists and law enforcement officers, and the police used tear gas, and later water cannons.
According to the Police Prefecture of the Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes region, six demonstrators and 16 police officers were injured during riots at a demonstration in Lyon. Law enforcement officers arrested 33 people.

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Earlier it was reported that the police arrested 180 people in the May Day demonstrations across France.
Prominent French trade unions have called for May 1 to be a day of “unprecedented popular action against pension reform and for social justice”. The head of the largest trade union, the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), Laurent Berger, said this year’s demonstrations would be “the largest in the past 30-40 years.” According to him, up to 1.5 million people could participate in it.
On April 14, France’s Constitutional Council approved a key article in the pension reform bill that calls for a gradual increase in the country’s retirement age from 62 to 64 by 2030. On the same day, Macron signed the law, and the document was published in the Official Journal. .
The pension reform has already sparked a wave of protests across France, accompanied by clashes between demonstrators and police officers, pogroms, riots and arrests.

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