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Nationwide protests turn to voilence in France

2009-03-20 06:32:41 GMT2009-03-20 14:32:41 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A youth taunts French riot police as clashes break out at the end of a protest march in Paris March 19, 2009. Several hundred youths clashed briefly with police in Paris on Thursday at the end of a huge union rally called to denounce the French government's handling of the economic crisis, witnesses said. [Agencies]

French riot police arrest a youth at the end of a peaceful protest march in Paris March 19, 2009. Several hundred youths clashed with police in Paris on Thursday, as peaceful, million-strong protests against France's handling of the economic crisis turned violent. [Agencies]

Youths react around flames from burning trash near a news stand at the end a protest march in Paris on March 19, 2009. [Agencies]

Students hold a banner, which reads: "To give up a little is to give in a lot", as they climb on a statue on the Nation square in Paris March 19, 2009. [Agencies]

A demonstrator holds a placard which reads "get lost poor idiot! Who is next?" during a protest march with public and private sector workers in Paris March 19, 2009. [Agencies]

Several hundred youths clashed briefly with police in Paris on Thursday at the end of a huge union rally called to denounce the French government's handling of the economic crisis, witnesses said.

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