109 in custody in Paris over May Day violence

Paris May Day

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.

Protestors dressed in black and with the face covered hold smoke bombs and a banner reading "The Black bloc colours our lives" and depicting the Anarchist symbol as they take part in a march for the annual May Day workers' rally, in Paris, on May 1, 2018.

"For the future manifestations there would be even more police forces in order to completely separate protesters and those, who seek vandalism", Collomb told France 2 broadcaster. Four people were injured, including a riot police officer.

More than 100 people were arrested in Paris following violent May Day protests that saw at least six cars torched, a McDonald's restaurant smashed up and widespread vandalism.

However, the government was still criticized by the opposition for not having done enough to prevent the violence.

Live feeds from Paris showed chaotic scenes, as police attempt to disperse violent protesters while redirecting crowds of peaceful marchers to side streets.

Macron responded from Sydney: "There is a government".

Protesters wear black clothing cover their faces with scarves, hoods, balaclavas and motorcycle helmets to hide their identities and lessen the effects of teargas.

The police had warned of the risk of extremist groups using May Day to set up a rematch of the clashes seen during demonstrations previous year over Macron's labour reforms and at an anti-capitalist camp in western France that was demolished by police earlier this month.

The leader of the hard-left France Insoumise or France Unbowed party, Jean-Luc Mélenchon said the far-left activists were "playing into the hands of our adversaries ... smashing the window of a McDonald's is not a revolutionary act".

Masked protesters attack shops in Paris.

Further demonstrations are planned later this week, in protest against economic reform plans by French President Emmanuel Macron.

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