Police in 60 French cities have taken part in rallies to demonstrate against what they call a rise in anti-police violence – only to be met with a fierce counter-protest in Paris.
Police say there has been an escalation of violence in protests against Labour reforms over the past two months.
As officers protested in Paris, they were targeted by counter-demonstrators.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 350 police officers had been injured over the past two months. The violence has been blamed on small groups of “Casseurs”, or troublemakers.
France’s socialist government pushed through the labour reforms last week, saying they are essential to help cut high levels of unemployment