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Videos: Over 160,000 People Demonstrate Against Coronavirus Passes in France

© REUTERS / BENOIT TESSIERProtesters attend a demonstration called by the French nationalist party "Les Patriotes" (The Patriots) against France's restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the "Droits de l'Homme" (human rights) esplanade at the Trocadero Square in Paris, France, July 24, 2021.
Protesters attend a demonstration called by the French nationalist party Les Patriotes (The Patriots) against France's restrictions to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the Droits de l'Homme (human rights) esplanade at the Trocadero Square in Paris, France, July 24, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.07.2021
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PARIS (Sputnik) - More than 160,000 people took to the streets across France on Saturday, protesting against new coronavirus restrictions, with violence reported in some cities and at least nine arrests made.
In Paris alone, about 11,000 demonstrators gathered to express dissatisfaction with the new safety regulations, particularly the COVID-19 health pass that has come into effect amid a surge in infections, according to BFMTV.
Overall, more than 160 demonstrations were held across France on Saturday. Clashes with police were reported in some cities, including Paris and Lyon.
"I strongly condemn the violent behavior which targeted certain police officers, gendarmes and journalists. In Paris, 9 individuals were arrested," French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Twitter.
According to a Sputnik correspondent, protesters clashed with police officers not far from Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Meanwhile, France Télévisions reported that some of its journalists were attacked by protesters in Marseille on Saturday.
Large-scale protests swept through many cities across France last weekend. Another rally is scheduled for Sunday.
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