First clashes break out in Paris on day one of national strikes

The first clashes have broken out in the French capital, as thousands have taken to the streets throughout France to protest against planned pension reform. The protests in Paris run from Gare de l'Est through to Place de la Republique. Police have been deployed in Paris, with nearly 30 people arrested. The first day of this indefinite strike has caused major disruption in France, with halted transport and schools closed nationwide.