Tensions as Paris police face off against firefighters
Scuffles have broken out between French police and angry firefighters demonstrating in Paris for better working conditions. Unions organised Tuesday’s Paris protest for fire service workers all over the country. They set off noisy firecrackers in the capital’s Place de la Republique and threw projectiles to bring attention to their cause. Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19% to 25% to fulfill their missions — which they say a reduction in personnel has made increasingly difficult. They say attacks against them are also on the rise.