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French police clash with protesters opposed to reservoir plans

Police used tear gas to repel protestors who were throwing fireworks and other projectiles across fields in order to reach the Sainte-Soline building site. Television footage showed at least three police cars being set on fire.

Emmanuelle Dubee, the prefect of the region, stated that at most 6,000 people participated in the march. This was in defiance of a ban on protests at the site where a similar demonstration took place last October.

Gerald Darmanin (Interior Minister) stated that one officer was in critical condition and one protestor. He stated that they were not in danger of their lives.

Darmanin stated that seven protestors were injured and that 24 officers were also hurt. Darmanin said that approximately 1,000 far-left activists were responsible for the violence. Darmanin stated that disturbances began in nearby areas before Saturday’s violence. Police detained twelve people.


Authorities claim that around 3200 police officers participated in the demonstration. Some were riding quad bikes or helicopters. Darmanin said that stun-grenades were used to repel protesters.

After weeks of protests in France against a reform to pension, the government passed the legislation without any final votes.

France’s worst droughtlast season intensified debate over water resources in Europe’s largest agricultural sector.


Artificial reservoirs are a way to conserve water. They can also be supported by supporters. They are often called mega-basins by critics. They favor large farms and are too big.

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