More demonstrators against the French government's plans to reform higher education are expected shortly according to students involved in the Paris protests on May 5.
1. SV Police arresting student 0.05
2. GV Police on motorcycles dispersing crowd of demonstrators (2 shots) 0.14
3. GV Contingent of helmeted riot police blocking street 0.16
4. GV Student demonstrators running away from police (3 shots) 0.27
5. GV Police with truncheons moving towards demonstrators (2 shots) 0.36
6. SVs Riot police charging and firing tear gas grenades (2 shots) 0.44
7. SV Policeman escorting demonstrator away 0.47
8. GVs Police and students running through streets (3 shots) 1.03
9. GVs Students fleeing cloud of tear gas and diverting motorists away from scene (2 shots) 1.20
10. GV NIGHT: Students milling around burning vehicle (2 shots) 1.31
11. GV Ambulance and police moving towards scene (2 shots) 1.46
12. GV Students throwing stones from behind barricade. Police charge through barricade and disperse students 2.02
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
More demonstrators against the French government's plans to reform higher education are expected shortly according to students involved in the Paris protests on May 5. The French authorities reported that 100 police and dozens of student protestors were hurt in violent clashes in the capital. Thousands of right-wing students took part in the demonstrations and fought running street battles with riot police in central Paris which lasted into the early hours of the morning.
Eyewitnesses said the rampaging students burned five cars and damaged two buses during the confrontation with riot police. Earlier in the march barricades were set ablaze and "Molotov cocktail" bombs, stones and bottles were hurled at police who retaliated by firing tear gas canisters at the demonstrators. Clouds of tear gas wafted through the streets of Paris's Latin Quarter as students in gangs of five or six attacked riot police. The government reforms which have angered the students are intended to make university courses more responsive to the needs of the French economy. They will also introduce mid-course examinations to weed out weak students. The French government have maintained silence about the disorders, but have ordered security authorities around France to show firmness in maintaining public order.