France protests: Demonstrators clash with police in Paris as they march against pension reforms
Hundreds of protesters have clashed with police in Paris as they march against pension reforms in France.
Demonstrators from a variety of trade unions and left-wing organisations took to the streets of the French capital on Saturday to voice their opposition to the government's proposed pension overhaul.
The protesters, who are worried that the reforms will lead to lower pensions, marched peacefully until they reached the Place de la Republique, where they were met with a heavy police presence.
The police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd, but the protesters responded with a barrage of projectiles, and some clashed with officers.
The march was organised by a coalition of trade unions and left-wing organisations, who say the reforms will harm the most vulnerable in society. They are demanding that the government withdraws the reforms and enters into negotiations with the unions.
The French government has said that the reforms are necessary in order to make the pension system fairer and more sustainable in the long term.
The protests come just days after a nationwide strike by public transport workers brought the country to a standstill. The strike was suspended on Friday following the government's agreement to enter into negotiations with the unions.
The protests in Paris are the latest in a series of demonstrations and strikes that have taken place in France in recent weeks. It is unclear how long the protests will last, but it is apparent that the French people are determined to make their voices heard.