Wednesday, 2 November 2011

French protests against G20

TENS of thousands of people have marched through Nice ahead of the G20 summit along the coast at Cannes.

Huge numbers of police were mobilised by the French state, with a military-style operation to keep protesters on the officially authorised route.

Nice Matin reported that banks in the city centre were boarded up and a man was arrested in his home for allegedly threatening to shoot at riot police.

It said some youths had set fire to a mattress in the street and train drivers had expressed solidarity, with one TER train sounding its horn in support of the anti-capitalist protesters.