(ANSA) - PARIS, MARCH 25 - Violent clashes at the reservoir under construction in Sainte-Soline, in the western French department of Deux-Sèvres, where thousands of people parade in an unauthorized demonstration against the project, carried out by a farmers' cooperative and supported by the state .
Between one thousand and 1,500 casseurs and black-blocks are present between 8-10,000 demonstrators, and they have begun to throw objects at the police, lined up with 3,000 agents.
The response with tear gas was not long in coming.
The clashes gradually became more and more violent and 5 demonstrators, according to the correspondents of Le Figaro, were injured, one of them seriously injured.
According to the reports of the gendarmes collected by the BFM TV crews, the demonstrators used mortars for fireworks directing them against the forces of order.
According to reports from Saint-Soline, a photographer was injured and at least two gendarmerie vehicles were set on fire.
The clashes broke out when the procession arrived near the reservoir construction site and was blocked by the police cordon.
At that point stones, objects and fireworks were thrown against the agents.
The agents, in an atmosphere of great tension, responded with tear gas and the use of water cannons.