• Short Summary

    In France there were violent clashes between police and demonstrators in Paris and Nancy on May Day.

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    In France there were violent clashes between police and demonstrators in Paris and Nancy on May Day.

    Trade unionists, communists and left-wingers took part in demonstrations all over the country.

    Estimates of the numbers in Paris varied form the police figure of thirty thousand to the organisers' figure of about a million.

    The Paris march contained two elements; the tightly disciplined union and student marchers and a smaller group of Maoists and anarchists.

    This small group provoked clashes with the other marchers when about a hundred of them decided to breach the main march.

    Later, after the main body of marchers had dispersed, they tried to build a street barricade by tearing down material from a construction site and overturning cars near the junction of the Boulevard de Charonne and the Rue d'Avron. One car was set on fire. In the Place de la Nation the police used tear gas grenades to disperse the demonstrators and made several baton charges to prevent them from regrouping in adjoining streets.

    Thirteen youths were arrested to check on their identity papers and two of them are likely to face charges. Three policemen were slightly injured during the baton charges.

    SYNOPSIS: The police action stopped the demonstrators from reforming. Only two of those arrested are likely to face charges; the others were released after their identity papers were checked.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6DLUC21T63C5D8VERZ90BDQ86
    Media URN:
    VLVA6DLUC21T63C5D8VERZ90BDQ86
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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