French president booed, 70 arrests in Champs-Elysees scuffle

Valls blames far-right

11 November, 18:01

    French President Francois Hollande was jeered by the crowd during a ceremony commemorating the end of the World War I at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris French President Francois Hollande was jeered by the crowd during a ceremony commemorating the end of the World War I at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS - French president Francois Hollande was jeered by the crowd Monday morning and scuffles broke out on the Champs-Elysees during the commemoration ceremony for the 1918 armistice. Booing rung out as the president's motorcade drove up the Champs-Elysees boulevard to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, beneath the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris, to pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. Dozens of people then jumped the barricades and ran into the center of the street, blocking it. Some were wearing the red berets typical of anti-tax protestors from the western region of Brittany, while others yelled out (most likely in reference to same-sex marriages) ''Resign, Hollande: we don't want your law!''. Some were stopped by police, who arrested 70 people according to a statement released by the prefect's office. The presidential motorcade left the area as the booing continued. Interior Minister Manuel Valls said that the protestors were connected with far-right circles. To some journalists in front of the ministry, Valls said that the protest had been staged by ''a few dozen people connected with far-right groups'' and that ''candidates and figures from the National Front'' had been seen on the Champs-Elysees. The minister also placed blame on members of the 'Printemps Francais' groups against same-sex marriages and the right-wing Renouveau Français ultra-nationalists. In Chateaurenard (a municipality in the Marseilles region in southern France), the ceremony to commemorate the armistice was disrupted by a mentally unstable individual who attacked and stabbed the right-wing UMP mayor and two people standing beside him. The attacker was arrested, while those hurt - including Mayor Bernard Reynes - did not suffer life-threatening injuries.(ANSAmed).

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