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France: Clashes break out between left and right-wing groups at Paris student demo02:21

France: Clashes break out between left and right-wing groups at Paris student demo

France, Paris
January 26, 2021 at 18:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Students from the right-wing La Cocarde student union group clashed with anti-fascist activists during a student demonstration in Paris on Tuesday.

Teacher unions had called for a national strike on Tuesday to demand better working conditions and protest over the government's education budget. Antifa groups reportedly attacked members of La Cocarde who had joined the student march in central Paris to show support for the teachers.

The two sets of groups were seen exchanging blows and chasing each other during the march. One student could be seen with a bloody nose and another with a bleeding head injury.

"They nicked me, I ran, one caught me and another put me down and then I got hit on the floor," said one injured member of La Cocarde.

"Several of our activists were injured, including three who were treated by the emergency services, during a confrontation where 'antifa' had to come back with equipment to get their way," read a Twitter statement from the student union.

France: Clashes break out between left and right-wing groups at Paris student demo02:21
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Students from the right-wing La Cocarde student union group clashed with anti-fascist activists during a student demonstration in Paris on Tuesday.

Teacher unions had called for a national strike on Tuesday to demand better working conditions and protest over the government's education budget. Antifa groups reportedly attacked members of La Cocarde who had joined the student march in central Paris to show support for the teachers.

The two sets of groups were seen exchanging blows and chasing each other during the march. One student could be seen with a bloody nose and another with a bleeding head injury.

"They nicked me, I ran, one caught me and another put me down and then I got hit on the floor," said one injured member of La Cocarde.

"Several of our activists were injured, including three who were treated by the emergency services, during a confrontation where 'antifa' had to come back with equipment to get their way," read a Twitter statement from the student union.