Workers from different cities of France gathered in Paris on Monday, May 1, in France. During the protest, the clash between the protesters and the police resulted in injuries and detentions.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said in a statement that 540 people were detained in clashes between police and demonstrators. Noting that 400 police officers were injured, Darmanin stated that it is extremely rare for more than a hundred policemen to be injured.
Darmanin stated that a police officer was hit by a Molotov cocktail in the capital, Paris, and said that he had serious burns on his hands and face.
In the demonstrations where the government's pension reform was protested, black-clad anarchists, especially the capital city Paris, Nantes and Lyon, attacked the police with Molotov cocktails and fireworks, and set some vehicles on fire. The police intervened the demonstrators with tear gas, water cannon and batons.
In France, the pension reform law, which includes increasing the retirement age from 62 to 64 and was passed without a vote in the National Assembly, was signed by President Emmanuel Macron on April 15 and became law. More than a thousand people have been detained so far during demonstrations against pension reform.