Police and demonstrators clashed at protests over France’s health pass in Paris on July 31.
French media reported as many as 200,000 people took part in the mostly-peaceful protests across the country, including 14,250 in Paris.
This footage by Nicolas Mercier shows police using non-lethal munitions and water cannons to disperse demonstrators throwing glass bottles near the July Column. At one point, police rush a man away from the crowd as he clutches his head. Later, a woman can be seen washing a man’s face and mouth with a spray bottle.
French interior minister Gerald Darmanin in a tweet thanked law enforcement and said at least 19 people were arrested, including 10 in Paris.
The protests came after legislators passed a bill requiring citizens use the health pass to access a large amount of public venues, local media reported. The pass requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative test.
France reported over 25,000 new coronavirus cases on July 30. Credit: Nicolas Mercier via Storyful