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Riot police storm Paris station as fire erupts in Lyon in angry protests against Macron

Covid vaccine protests have erupted across as faces a public backlash over the French Government’s handling of the pandemic. Police in Paris and Lyon have clashed with angry demonstrators who gathered in protest on Saturday at the country’s Covid health pass law which requires people to have a certificate of vaccination in order to enter public areas such as cafes, public transport, or shops.

Protestors have taken to the streets in Lyon in large numbers, with police reportedly firing tear gas in a bid to prevent the march’s progress.

Footage of social media shows hundreds of demonstrators making their way through streets black with tear gas.

In the background, objects can be seen being hurled at police lines.

Meanwhile, a separate clip appears to show French police officers attempting to confront a large mob of demonstrators inside a Paris metro station.

 

Riot police can be seen confronting protestors in the Châtelet metro station in the heart of Paris.

Shocked commuters can be seen heading up the escalators as the French police charge down to confront the protestors.

Demonstrators unfurled a banner in the station and began charing anti-vaccine pass slogans.

The clashes mark the eighth consecutive weekend of protests against France’s Covid-19 health pass.

Last weekend a total of 160,000 people took part in Covid vaccine protests across France according to the country’s interior ministry

By the evening of Saturday, authorities had logged 222 separate protest actions, according to France 24.

In total, police arrested sixteen people were arrested.

Meanwhile, three police officers suffered slight injuries in the clashes.

It comes as a new report published by the European Council on Foreign Relations highlighted growing discontent over Macron’s Covid restrictions.

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