Thousands of people protest on Labour day in France

Thousands of people marched around France on May Day, putting pressure on recently re-elected President Emmanuel Macron to act on purchasing power and pensions.
While the majority of demonstrators were nonviolent, dozens of establishments in Paris were vandalized, including McDonald’s, banks, insurance companies, and real estate firms.
According to allegations in the media, police intervened as black-clad members of the extreme Black Bloc attempted to create a roadblock to obstruct the march’s progress.
About 250 rallies were organized in Paris and other cities including Lille, Nantes, Toulouse, and Marseille. Overall 116,500 people demonstrated across the country, including 24,000 in the capital, the interior ministry said.
In Paris, trade unionists were joined by political figures – mostly from the left – and climate activists.

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