UNFRIENDLY FIRE

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Mass protests by firefighters in Paris over working conditions and pay turned violent, as riot police went on the offensive:

The Guardian reports:

Thousands of firefighters held a demonstration in the French capital, as part of long-running protest movement asking for better pay and conditions, including an increase in their hazard bonus which has not changed since 1990.

Some firefighters set their uniforms alight as a symbolic gesture before colleagues put out the fires. But as a group of fire officers attempted to lead their demonstration into a sidestreet, riot officers pushed them back. Teargas was fired and scuffles broke out.

[The Guardian]

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