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French dam protest death: gendarmes used 400 grenades in one night

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More questions are being raised about the deployment and actions of gendarmes during the eco-protest in which 21-year-old botany student Rémi Fraisse was killed in south-west France in the early hours of October 26th. Mediapart can reveal that during that night officers threw or fired around 400 grenades at opponents of the Sivens dam project. It has also emerged that despite an earlier agreement with protesters that policing of the planned demonstration would be low-key, officers were later ordered by the local state prefect to show “extreme firmness”. Meanwhile both opponents of the dam project and security experts have questioned why officers were told to engage the protesters at all, given there was nothing to defend at the rural site and that all the preliminary clearing work had been completed. And a new witness has come forward casting doubt on some of the official accounts of the gendarmes' action in the lead up to Rémi Fraisse's death. Louise Fessard reports.

French police clash with demonstrators over protester death

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Running battles took place between youths and police in Nantes and Toulouse after protests over death last week of botany student Rémi Fraisse.

French interior minister refuses to resign over dam protestor's death

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A police grenade is suspected of killing Remi Fraisse, 21, during clashes between police and opponents of a dam project in SW France.

French prosecutor says dead dam protestor was killed by an explosion

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An investigation is underway to determine whether the 21-year-old was killed by a police grenade during the violent clashes in SW France.

Man dies after violent protest over dam project in SW France

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The young man's body was found in the Sivens Forest after violence erupted during a protest against a dam project in the region, near Toulouse. 

French Muslims protest beheading of French hostage

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French Muslims held demonstrations in Paris and other cities on Friday to protest the execution of Hervé Gourdel by Algerian Islamists.

French Muslim leaders call for protest at French hostage execution

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The President of the French Council of Muslim Faith has called for a mass protest on Friday over the beheading by jihadists of Hervé Gourdel.

French PM calls for prosecutions after farmers' violent protest

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About 100 farmers in Morlaix, Brittany, set fire to in buildings, including a tax office, in a protest over falling vegetable prices.

Thousands join pro-Palestinian rallies in France

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March in Paris attracted up to 20,000 with demonstrations too in Marseille and Lyon as protestors voiced anger at French stance over Israel. 

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in Paris defy ban

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The protest against Israel's offensive in Gaza, banned over security fears, drew several thousands before hooded youths clashed with police. 

France places new ban on Paris Gaza protest this weekend

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A planned protest march through Paris against Israeli offensive in Gaza on Saturday is banned over security fears.

Thousands march peacefully in Paris pro-Palestine protest

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The rally against the Israeli offensive in Gaza passed off largely peacefully Wednesday after earlier ones were marrred by anti-Semitic violence.

Paris suburb pro-Palestinian rally rioters jailed

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Three men were jailed and another received a suspended sentence for their part in riots that erupted on Sunday in Sarcelles.

Anti-Israeli protesters attack Paris synagogue

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Pro-Palestinian march turns ugly in French capital as 100-strong breakaway group try to force their way into building, trapping those inside.

French unions see modest turnout for anti-reform protests

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Paris police say 10,000 people joined demonstrations over Hollande's 'responsibility pact' which aims to slash labour costs, unions claim 60,000.