Twenty three riot police were injured in Paris on Wednesday (17 March) when they were stoned by students protesting against educational reforms.
GV and SVS students carrying banners marching through streets (4 shots)
GV people watching from balcony
MV riot police
SV demonstrators group
MV riot police waiting and students group facing them (2 shots)
GV main line station
GVS deserted stations (4 shots)
GV train going along track
GV PAN from church to rail demonstrators (2 shots)
SV AND PAN demonstrators preparing to start march
SVS banners (2 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT TO MV union lapel sticker to women demonstrator
SV Pro-union "shark" poster
SV demonstrators march off
STUDENTS CARRYING BANNERS: PEOPLE WATCHING FROM BALCONY: RIOT POLICE GATHERING: DEMONSTRATORS GROUP: RIOT POLICE FACING STUDENTS: MAIN LANE RAIL STATION: DESERTED STATION: TRAIN ALONG TRACK: RAIL DEMONSTRATORS: BANNERS: UNION LAPEL STICKER: "SHARK" POSTER: DEMONSTRATORS MARCH OFF.
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Background: Twenty three riot police were injured in Paris on Wednesday (17 March) when they were stoned by students protesting against educational reforms.
And at Paris main line stations, only one train in three was running while National Railway staff want on strike over pay claims.
In the police-student confrontation, police fired tear gas grenades at several thousand students who refused to disperse at St Germanin des Pres on Paris's left bank.
There were no reports of any students being injured.
The demonstration was part of a series of organised protests by university students and secondary school pupils throughout France against reforms which they say will make education programmes more selective.
The railmen's strike comes during hectic trade union activity to pressure the government at the start of the annual wage negotiations.
The strike was organised by the two main unions, the General Confederation of Labour (C.G.T.) and the French Confederation of Labour (C.F.D.T.).
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of university students crowded into Paris streets on Wednesday to protest over reforms in the education system which they say will make education programmes more selective.
The marching, chanting students were confronted at St Germanin des pres, on the left bank, by riot police, who ordered them to disperse.
The students threw stones at the police, who replied with tear gas grenades. In the exchange, 23 policemen were injured.
Meanwhile French main line services were seriously disrupted as railmen went on strike for increased pay
The independent union, the F.G.A.A.C. has called for straight 200 franc pay rise for 14,000 rail employees. But the two main unions, the C.G.T. and the C.F.D.T. disagreed and sought a more comprehensive claim.
After talks, the two main unions decided to strike anyway.
The strikers come during hectic trade union activity to pressure the government at the start of the annual wage negotiations.