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Violence, vandalized SFR store, fires ... In Nantes, tension is growing against the pension reform


REPORT – According to the intersyndicale, 80,000 people marched through Nantes city center on Thursday. The prefecture evokes 25,000 people. Two hours after the departure of the procession, numerous violence took place. An SFR store was vandalized and the entrance to the administrative court forced.

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SFR store vandalized, administrative court stormed, fires in many streets ... In Nantes, the ninth day of mobilization against the pension reform was clearly the most agitated since the start of the protest movement.

The procession set off from the Water Mirror, opposite the castle of the Dukes of Brittany, around 11:15 a.m.

It was once again supplied.

According to the intersyndicale, it brought together 80,000 people.

For its part, the prefecture has identified 25,000.

Figures that make this Thursday the second biggest day of protest after that of March 7.

The unions had warned against possible excesses.

We deplore the abuses.

I spoke with a student leader and asked him to dissociate himself from the Black Blocs,

”said Yves Madeline, CFDT manager of the security service, who counted at least 11 Nantes demonstrations, before leaving.

The reception of the administrative court of Nantes degraded

On the first part of the course, fireworks, noises of firecrackers and insults towards the police were heard, but the first major incidents occurred at the crossroads of the trams, in Commerce.

After lighting a trash can fire, some hooded demonstrators attacked the police who responded with tear gas and de-encirclement grenades.

For about an hour, tensions and exchanges of fire took place in this sector, before deporting near the police station and then around the CHU.

The police were targeted by projectiles in small alleys and some demonstrators tried to surround them.

Once part of the procession left, the thugs resumed service.

After degrading street furniture and tagging many windows, they attacked the Nantes administrative court.

They started by throwing stones to break the windows of the building.

Some then went inside and ransacked the reception.

Shortly after 2 p.m., numerous clashes took place near the parking lot of Petite Hollande, empty of cars.

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notably saw two people being arrested.

Then, the demonstrators left in the direction of rue Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny.

The voltage then rose suddenly.

Many projectiles were launched in the direction of the police who responded.

From what we have been able to observe, it seems that the latter were forced to retreat in the face of pressure.

The clashes then moved to the crossroads of the trams in Commerce.

It was then that a group of people took the opportunity to attack the windows of the Uniqlo and SFR stores located along the Franklin Roosevelt course.

According to our information, an individual entered the Uniqlo store and damaged items, while staff were evacuated.

Two employees also reportedly had anxiety attacks.

The SFR store was vandalized.

Equipment was stolen, according to a salesman.

According to him, the brand had anticipated this risk by putting part of the equipment under cover.

The sporadic clashes then continued for a good part of the afternoon again at the crossing of the trams.

Around 5 p.m., a CRS cordon used tear gas to advance and secure this area.

Gradually the tension subsided.

Mobile, the police then proceeded to at least one arrest according to what

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could see.

At the time of writing, the overall number of arrests and injured police and demonstrators in Nantes had not yet been communicated, unlike the politicians who quickly stepped up to the plate.

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Political reactions are on the rise

In the context of the national mobilization, unacceptable violence punctuated the demonstrations, in Nantes as elsewhere.

I condemn them in the strongest possible terms,

” reacted Johanna Rolland, the mayor of Nantes, in a press release.

She also invited Emmanuel Macron to "

take responsibility and immediately draw the consequences of the situation and the massive rejection expressed by our fellow citizens


Demonstration is a right, violence is a crime!

And everyone loses, the demonstrators, the cause they defend and the image of France in general and Nantes in particular.

We can only call for calm, for respect for everyone

, ”said

Sarah El Haïry, Secretary of State in charge of Youth and the SNU and municipal councilor in Nantes, to Le

Figaro .

Terrible face of our city disfigured by ransacked businesses and burning garbage cans.

Full support for law enforcement targeted by mortar fire

,” Senator LR Laurence Garnier wrote on Twitter.

Power cut: the Region files a complaint

This Thursday, the elected representatives of the Pays de la Loire Region met in session in the building located on the island of Nantes.

In the morning, a power cut interrupted the debates.

According to the Regional Council, this is a "


" cut.

It is likened to “

cowardly and shameful sabotage


A complaint against X has been filed with the public prosecutor of Nantes.

“It is out of the question to let these criminal acts become commonplace, which are currently on the increase in our country, and which aim for nothing other than to install a climate of insurrection, and to weaken our democracy.

We must not yield anything in the face of these lamentable attempts at intimidation”

, castigated Christelle Morançais,

Source: lefigaro

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