WATCH | France: Police uses tear gas to clear unauthorised demo in Saint Nazare – VIDEO REPORT

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Police used tear gas to disperse around 300 anti-government protesters in the French city of Saint Nazare on Saturday, amid a demonstration against the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

Protesters defied the prefecture’s ban on demonstrations to rally against the French government’s coronavirus restrictions. After giving order to disperse, police utilised tear gas to clear a group of protesters at the town’s Blue Ribbon shopping centre.

When announcing France’s nation-wide lockdown in March, President Emmanuel Macron said the decisions were taken “on the basis of scientific recommendations with only one objective: to protect us in the face of the virus’ spread.”

According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, since the beginning of the outbreak France has registered 182,018 cases of the coronavirus and 28,218 deaths related to the virus thus far.


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