Tens of thousands of union workers and student groups marched peacefully in the French capital in the latest show of opposition to legislation that would allow employers to lay off staff more easily and circumvent unions in many negotiations.
However, a minority of radical protesters vandalised dozens of storefronts and repeatedly clashed with police during the event. At one point, masked and hooded activists targeted the Necker Children’s Hospital – an old and respected medical institution.
Police said they arrested as many as 58 people amid incidents that injured at least 40 police and protesters.
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