Six riot police officers have been injured, two "very seriously," in clashes between masked protesters on the fringes of May Day marches in Paris, France, to celebrate workers' rights, reports the Telegraph.
Scores of hooded youth threw Molotov cocktails at security forces who fired back with tear gas during the otherwise peaceful march on Monday. Police responded by firing tear gas and made five arrests of individuals for "carrying prohibited weapons."
One of the police officers was "seriously injured on the hands and face due to burns from Molotov cocktails," said a police source. Another sustained a hand injury from a stinger grenade.
Matthias Fekl, the French interior minister, denounced the "very serious violence by several hundred professional vandals come with only one goal: to attack security forces, to smash a policeman and wreak damage." They came, he added, "to injure and kill police officers."