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.
Today Le Monde has published interviews with the rioting youths of yesterdays disturbances at the Place de la Nation in the East of Paris.
Here we've translated the bulk of the short interviews and publish them in English so the rest of the world can hear the thoughts of those at the heart of this crisis.
You can hear the interviews here, and we recommend you follow the link and read the transcript whilst listening to the audio.
Further disturbances have been reported in many towns and cities as mass anti-CPE demonstrations ended across France this evening.
At Paris's Le Place de la Nation, the vast square where this afternoons demonstration had ended, hundreds of youths were caught in pitched battles with the CRS riot police. Rounds of tear gas were fired and at least one molotov cocktail was thrown at police. By around 7pm calm began to be restored to the area.
Riot police last night fired rubber pellets and tear gas at students who pelted them with petrol bombs and stones as protests at new labour laws boiled over in the heart of Paris.
Police fought running battles with the rioters, who set cars alight and smashed shop windows near the Sorbonne on the Left Bank.
Fighting breaks out as fascists and riot police attack anti-CPE youths.
Lots of different stories coming in right now about events around the Sorbonne area.
From what can be gathered, 200 armed and helmeted fascists were allowed past the CRS (riot police), and attacked the gathering of anti-CPE youths and students. Earlier in the evening, at around 7.30pm the CRS were heavily outnumbered and resorted to teargas and water cannon in order to disperse the crowds.
Reports from across the country of yesterday's students' day of action against the CPE.
Yesterday was the students day of action. We were giving updates as and when we recieved them, but this remains just a sample of what happened across France: