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Police retreat in a hail of rocks at Paris music festival

One of the attackers said he had targeted the police "with everything that came our way".

Published: June 23, 2020, 10:10 am

    Paris

    Missioned to protect the population during the Fête de la Musique festivities in Paris, police were targeted on Sunday, June 21 in Paris. On the Esplanade des Invalides, while they were intervening at the end of the evening to stop illegal firework displays, they were pelted with rocks, reported RTL.

    “We arrived around 1 am. There were already quite a few people, firecrackers, fireworks, broken bottles on the side of the road. And as soon as the cops passed, there were one or two guys shouting ‘gravel’ and all of a sudden a lot of people grabbed the bottles lying around to attack the cops,” said a witness to the scene. And he added: “I was there. There was [a shout of] ‘rocks, they’re coming’ and all of a sudden a hundred people brought everything they could and lanced it at the cops.”

    “We started rocking them everywhere, with everything that came to hand, bottles …”, BFM TV was told by one of the attackers.

    A video shared by journalist Remy Buisine even shows a police van forced to retreat from the violence of the “partying crowd”. “A police car targeted at the Invalides must flee after a rain of projectiles. Several thousand people are at the Invalides for the music festival,” the journalist wrote on Twitter.

    Attacked by Antifas during her trip to Dijon then prevented from participating in the ceremony of homage to General de Gaulle on the island of Sein, Marine Le Pen deplored the “breach of State neutrality” and denounced the behavior of Emmanuel Macron who, according to her, “justifies the unjustifiable, the partiality, the assault, and considers that the State is in his pay”. Macron had called her visit a “provocation”.

    In the week that has just passed, Le Pen believes “something new” has happened. In Dijon and on the Ile de Sein, the president of the National Rally was violently taken to task by Antifas in Côte-d’Or, and she had to advance and shorten her tribute to General de Gaulle in Finistère because of the hostility of a few inhabitants and certain local elected representatives, as well as the misplaced zeal the prefect who, according to her, moved the official tribute to prevent her from participating.

    “I’m used to the fact that opposition to the National Rally is a discipline that imposes no limits,” the president of the party said. “But this time, there is a new aspect: the impression that all this is being played out with the complicity of the State. I have never felt this as much as during these two episodes.”

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