A personal account and accompanying photos of the Paris anti-CPE demonstration and riot from one of our correspondents in Paris.
The metro on the way to the demo was packed, barely breathing space; it emptied entirely at St Jacques and we started marching to Place Renfort for the demo... Right away it was clear that this was as big a demo as I'd ever seen, maybe Make Poverty History would be bigger, but that doesn't count.
Photographs of Saturday 18 March's mass demonstrations against the CPE employment law in France.
A first-hand account from Hermit, who was present yesterday night at the Place de la Sorbonne, where there were clashes between the CRS and protesters.
At 2100, around 400 students and a few kids from the banlieu were scattered around the Latin Quarter, in small groups controlled by the police in the standoffish British style. There were police lines at all the intersections close to the place de la Sorbonne, searching people and stopping mass movement.
A first hand account of todays demonstrations from one of our contacts on the ground in Paris.
Photo by our correspondent.
A participant's account of today's anti-CPE demonstration in Nice.
Today, despite grey skies and rain there was a massive mobilisation and as I could hear them chant during the demonstration: Rennes weather, Rennes Demonstration. In fact, with between 5,000 (according to the police) and 15,000 (according to the organisers) people there were plenty out there.
An account of the day's events from our reporter in Marseille as a red and black flag flies over city's Town Hall.
Organisers have reported over 130,000 demonstrators in the City of Marseille this afternoon, the largest demonstration outside Paris. The demonstration left the Porte D`Aix, under Marseilles own Arc de Triomphe at 3 p.m. to take a circular route around the city to arrive at the Vieux Port.
Le Figaro is now reporting the CGT trade union as counting 1.5 million demonstrating across France.
In Bordeaux, Le Monde say that between 20,000-55,000 protested, while in Paris the CGT has given an early estimate of 350,000.
Tens of thousands take to the streets in Lille and across Brittany against the new CPE labour laws.
From Indymedia Lille:
"Perhaps 50,000 people, it appears that the cops acknowledged 35,000 of them...
"All the trade unions were there, the high-school girls and students at the head of the demonstration. At the end of the demonstration there was agitation like has become accustomery.
Le Figaro is reporting that unions believe well over a million are now demonstrating against the CPE labour reform on the streets of France.
The Agency France Presse is now quoting organisers as giving a figure of 1,145,000 people.