Some 15,500 demonstrators have rallied across France, according to figures from the Interior Ministry. While the organizers claim the figure is just over 40,000 participants, it’s still no match to the numbers the movement attracted when it started in November last year.
In Reims, multiple scuffles between law enforcement and demonstrators were registered. A heavy presence of the so-called ‘black bloc’ – far-left protesters, covering their faces and sporting similar black attires to make identification harder – might have contributed to the violence on the city’s streets.
— Thomas Coignac (@ThomasCoignac) 18 May 2019
Rowdy protesters have set various objects on fire, and some also tried to erect barricades across the streets.
— LINE PRESS (@LinePress) 18 May 2019
They also vandalized the local office for the France Bleu radio station, as well as other buildings.
— France Bleu Champagne-Ardenne (@fbleuchampagne) 18 May 2019