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Woman fined €1,000 for refusing to be fingerprinted at Paris climate rally

Joel Saget, AFP | Police and climate activists clash at the Place de la République in Paris on November 29, 2015.

A Paris court jailed one protester and fined another on Tuesday for their role in clashes with police at a rally to mark the opening of the Paris climate summit.


Riot police fired teargas at far-left activists and arrested more than 300 people on Sunday after a group of protesters pelted officers with bottles and candles taken from a tribute to the victims of the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The demonstrations disrupted a largely peaceful rally that saw thousands of people form a human chain across the French capital to urge world leaders to seal an ambitious pact to stop global warming.

On Tuesday, the judge handed a 28-year-old man a three-month jail sentence for throwing a glass bottle at a police officer, who was slightly injured.

In a second fast-tracked case, a 25-year-old woman was fined 1,000 euros for refusing to have her fingerprints taken.

The woman's lawyer said legal proceedings against her "verged on the ridiculous," noting that out of the hundreds arrested over the demonstration only two people had appeared before the court.

French police have banned demonstrations on Paris' prestigious Champs Elysees avenue and near the venue for the conference at Le Bourget north of the capital during the COP21 climate talks.

The government introduced a state of emergency following a coordinated onslaught by gunmen and suicide bombers that killed 130 people last month, and parliament has given the green light to prolong the extraordinary set of security measures for three months.

Last week, police used the emergency laws to place 24 far-left activists under house arrest ahead of the climate summit.

The move prompted criticism among environmental campaigners, with author and veteran activist Naomi Klein slamming “a gross abuse of power that risks turning the summit into a farce”.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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