Security Forces Confront Protesters in Southern France

Student protesters in Toulouse, France, took to the streets for the fourth day in a row on Thursday, December 6, clashing with police and even assaulting a journalist, according to the city’s mayor.

According to France Bleu, between 2,000 and 3,000 students initially gathered at Université Jean-Jaurès to protest change to the Baccalauréat on Thursday. Violence began when a portion of those assembled marched towards Saint Cyprien, near the city center. As they marched, protesters smashed bus stops, set fires, and threw projectiles at police, Toulouse’s Dépêche du Midi reported. In one instance, a protester confronted a journalist, assaulting him and destroying his camera. Toulouse Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc condemned the violence, saying today’s protesters arrived with the sole goal of causing chaos.

Security forces have responded to the escalation, firing tear gas and working to control and disperse the crowds. Footage recorded near Pont Neuf shows a group of police officers carrying riot shields advancing down a narrow street towards protesters. Shouts and bangs could be heard and a column of smoke is visible in the distance. In another clip, police formed a line and launched tear gas into a square. Credit: @ro0main via Storyful