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France: Scuffles and arrests in Paris as thousands mark May Day

Al Jazeera, 02 May 2021
Thousands of people have joined traditional May Day demonstrations across Europe, despite COVID-19 restrictions, to demand social and economic justice and greater job security.
Police clashed with demonstrators in Paris and fired tear gas as thousands of people joined annual May Day protests across France to demand social and economic justice and voice their opposition to government plans to change unemployment benefits.
French President Emmanuel Macron remains under mounting pressure to abandon economic and social reforms, as the country reels from three crippling coronavirus lockdowns.
Thousands also rallied in different cities in the United Kingdom and Germany in the first Labour Day demonstrations since the pandemic began.
The pandemic has crippled many of Europe’s economies, leaving young people concerned about their futures.

Al Jazeera’s Neave Barker has more from London, the UK.

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