The video evidence of how French police sabotaged a Paris demonstration

By Sébastien Bourdon, Camille Polloni, Antton Rouget and Antoine Schirer

Mediapart has gathered and analysed hundreds of videos taken during a demonstration staged in Paris on December 12th 2020 against the French government's controversial “global security” law. Our investigation shows the unlawful nature of dozens of police charges carried out that day. It also documents the arbitrary arrests of demonstrators, baton blows given for no reason and the misleading statements made by interior minister Gérald Darmanin, especially over the nature and outcome of the arrests made. Sébastien Bourdon, Camille Polloni, Antton Rouget and Antoine Schirer investigate.

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The video below of events at the demonstration in Paris on December 12th 2020 is narrated in French; go to settings to get English subtitles.