French police clash with firefighters at Paris demonstration
Scuffles broke out Tuesday between French police and angry firefighters demonstrating in Paris for better working conditions.
Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19% to 25% to fulfil their missions - which they say reductions in personnel have made increasingly difficult. They say attacks against them are also on the rise.
These striking firefighters in Paris lit themselves on fire today to protest the government's attacks on their pensions.pic.twitter.com/nqTgYULtKd— Eric Blanc (@_ericblanc) January 28, 2020
Paris police said firefighters who tried to break down or scale fencing near the Nation area of Paris were dispersed by water cannon.
Firefighters previously demonstrated in October and this earlier protest was marked by clashes with the police. One protester in the southern city of Dijon was seriously hit in the eye and has not recovered his vision.
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