Nationwide protests against educational reforms led French students to fight police, burn cars and block train lines on Thursday. We publish a video shot in Lyon, where the clashes resulted in 38 arrests.
Several thousand young students - 5,500 according to the police - descended onto the streets of Lyon on Thursday to demonstrate against educational reforms and teacher redundancies proposed by the ministry for education. The scuffles became violent when protestors, who we see overturning one car, burning another, vandalising a bus stop and setting fire to bins, met with the police.
This footage was shot by Thomas Bernardi, a journalist from Lyon capital. FRANCE 24 has blurred the faces of those who could have been identified.
They were looking for a fight. And when it got really out of control, they arrested loads of protestors in a completely nonsensical way. Many of those targeted by the police were protestors who were certainly not being destructive.
Once again, the press has branded everyone the same way. We don't know those people who burnt the cars. They had nothing to do with us. And we really condemn those actions. The police simply did not do their job."