Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has decided to send police reinforcements to Rennes, his ministry said on Friday. Scene of violent clashes Thursday night, the Breton capital will soon host the CR8, a unit specializing in the maintenance of order and the fight against urban violence. "It should arrive during the day, we have been confirmed," says this Rennes policeman crossed near the demonstration on Friday. Organized by the inter-union, the consecutive rally attracted between 2,600 people (according to the prefecture) and 5,000 people (according to the unions). The demonstrators marched peacefully, shouting their opposition to the pension reform and the use of 49.3.

After the violence that shook #Rennes that night, the prefecture draws up a balance sheet of 12 arrests and 11 police custody. 45 interventions for fires (garbage cans, pallets and rubbish) were also recorded #ReformeDesRetraites

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On Thursday evening, the rally scheduled for 19 p.m. on Place Sainte-Anne had ended in violent clashes between demonstrators and police. To mortar fire and projectile throwing, the police and gendarmes responded with tear gas. Faced with highly mobile young people, the police struggled to contain the violence. Many businesses were vandalized and a clothing store was looted. Burning garbage cans were also positioned in front of the wooden doors of City Hall, raising fears of a conflagration of the building. "Our city cannot be abandoned to the violence of the thugs," said PS Mayor Nathalie Appéré, reiterating her requests for police reinforcements to the Ministry of the Interior. It seems that she has been heard.

On Thursday evening, thirteen people were taken into custody after the violence in Rennes. Clashes were also reported in Paris, Nantes and Lyon. Just over 300 people were arrested in France on Thursday, including 250 in Paris, according to the Interior Ministry.

  • Pension reform 2023
  • Rennes
  • Brittany
  • Ministry of the Interior
  • Gerald Darmanin
  • Nathalie Appéré
  • Crackers
  • Demonstration
  • Strike
  • Society
  • Police
  • CRS