More than 100 arrests in Paris May Day riots

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Almost 300 protesters were arrested Tuesday after May Day riots in central Paris, where hooded youths torched a McDonald's restaurant and several vehicles during a march against President Emmanuel Macron's public sector reforms.

Earlier, law enforcement tweeted there were around 1,200 "hooded and masked" individuals among the May Day demonstrators at the Pont d'Austerlitz bridge in central Paris.

Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

A new round of protests are planned later this week against the economic reforms of French President Emmanuel Macron, who is set to celebrate his first anniversary at the Elysee Palace as social climate is overshadowed by rail strikes and street demonstrations.

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Though several people were injured - including a police service worker - and even hospitalized, France's Interior Minister said Wednesday on France 2 Television he was pleased "no one was seriously injured".

They also ransacked shops, torched cars and scrawled anti-capitalist graffiti on walls before eventually being dispersed by police.

Following the demonstrations, the police and authorities were subject to harsh criticism over inability to avert violence.

Activists clash with riot police during the traditional May Day rally in the center of Paris, France, Tuesday, May 1.

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Macron, on a visit to Sydney, told a press conference the vandals had misappropriated May Day. "Those who wear hoods are the enemies of democracy".

However, Collomb said there will be more police presence on the streets of Paris for the next demonstrations slated for next year. "There is a government, there is a state, there are leaders, and it will continue to be so".

Polls show the French supporting those reforms but being more critical of Macron's fiscal policy, seen as favouring the wealthy over the working and middle classes.

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 01: A vehicle is burning as thousands of people take to the streets during the May Day demonstrations on May 1, 2018 in Paris, France.

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