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Riot police use teargas against anarchists at Paris May Day rally

Riot police use teargas against anarchists at Paris May Day rally

On Monday, police warned of possible clashes with far-left anarchists, after calls to make it a "revolutionary day" appeared on social media.

Further demonstrations are planned later this week, in protest against economic reform plans by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The May Day demonstration in Paris started from the Place de la Bastille.

Four people, including a police officer, were lightly wounded.

Tear gas floats around masked protesters during clashes with French CRS riot police at the May Day labour union rally in Paris, France May 1, 2018.

Riot police in full gear deployed water cannon and tear gas to control the left-actions on the streets of Paris Tuesday but were unable to prevent major damage to property, including business premises and many vehicles destroyed.

Earlier, law enforcement tweeted there were around 1,200 "hooded and masked" individuals among the May Day demonstrators at the Pont d'Austerlitz bridge in central Paris.

Opposition figures seized upon Macron's absence - on a visit to Australia - to paint an image of disorder in a country without a leader amid criticism that police did not act quickly enough to pacify the violence.

'They came to hit capitalist symbols and burn cops.

"When you have honest convictions, you demonstrate with your face unmasked", he said. "When you come with Molotov cocktails, it's to burn cops", he said, citing clashes on May 1 previous year in which one police officer was seriously burnt.

Railway staff have begun three months of nationwide rolling strikes in a dispute over the government's planned overhaul of state-run railway SNCF.

Police said the Black Blocs had mixed into a smaller demonstration of around 14,500 people which took place alongside the official union rally.

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