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)
— Guillaume Doyen (@g_doyen) July 20, 2014
This image, tweeted by Guillaume Doyen, shows the burning bins in Sarcelles.
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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.
— FatouhOlive (@Fa_touh) July 13, 2014
— hajoura74 (@hajoura74) July 19, 2014
— Chris Membrey-Bezier (@chrism) July 19, 2014
— Le Point (@LePoint) July 20, 2014
(Photo: Jacques Demarthon/AFP)