After five days of violent clashes, local authorities have announced an end to the police-enforced evictions of environmental activists and the destruction of alternative farming projects on agricultural land at Notre-Dames-des-Landes, in NW France, first occupied in a successful bid to prevent the building of an airport on the site, but despite the move the pitched battles between protestors and gendarmes continued on Friday.
Violent clashes escalated on Tuesday as more than 2,000 police officers continued what is expected to be a week-long operation to evict activists from a settlement built on the farmland site of a now abandoned airport project near Nantes in north-west France, with several people reported injured amid exchanges of tear gas and petrol bombs.
A protest in the town of Nantes, north-west France, by more than two thousand people against a planned visit there on Sunday by Front National presidential candidate Marine Le Pen ended in ugly confrontations with police, during which businesses were vandalised and several officers injured.
A students' rally in Paris on Thursday to protest the recent alleged rape of a young black man by a police officer wielding a telescopic truncheon ended in violent clashes with anti-riot police, while pupils used rubbish bins to blockade about a dozen secondary schools in the capital.
Two England fans were arrested after clashes with local youths in the Old Port district of Marseille ahead of Saturday's England-Russia Euro 2016 match.
Violence flared in latest nationwide protests by students and workers over proposed labour law reforms, which are set to continue on Wednesday.
Householders complained of intrusions by migrants who stole objects to block lorries, amid three nights of violent clashes with police.
Police in used tear gas to stop a third recent incident of fighting between Sudanese and Eritrean migrants in the French channel port.
French foreign minister Laurent Fabius urges Egyptian military and police to show 'maximum restraint' in face of protests by Muslim Brotherhood.