IN IMAGES: Paris anti-Israel demos turn ugly

Two banned pro-Palestinian protests held in and around Paris at the weekend descended into violence as riot police clashed with youths, who looted shops, burned cars and bins and shouted anti-Israel slogans. This gallery of images captures some of the carnage on the streets.

IN IMAGES: Paris anti-Israel demos turn ugly
Thick smoke blocks the view of the famous Sacre Coeur in Paris on Saturday after a pro-Palestinian protest turned ugly. Photo: Twitter/@Chrism

On Sunday afternoon a banned protest against Israel's assault on Gaza, that was held in the northern suburb of Sarcelles, ended in violence when a group of protesters went on the rampage, targeting shops and cars and attacking police, who responded by firing rubber bullets.

It came a day after a simialr protest in central Paris degenerated into violence.

French authorities had taken the controversial step of banning both demos fearing an outbreak of public disorder. While their fears proved well-founded their decision not to allow the protests did not prevent trouble.

Rioters set up makeshift burning barricades to block roads and public transport.

(Photos: Pierre Andrieu/AFP)

This image, tweeted by Guillaume Doyen, shows the burning bins in Sarcelles.

The images below show the violence that occured in central Paris on Saturday after a banned protest in the Barbes area, not far from the famous Sacre Coeur Basilica, began peacefully but degenerated into a riot.

(Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP)

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