November 9, 2013
French riot police fired tear gas at hundreds of anti-tax demonstrators in northwest France on Saturday after protesters pelted them and tried to drive a tractor through a barricade, an AFP photographer said.
One demonstrator was arrested in Jugon-les-Lacs, a commune in the Cotes-d’Armor region where some 700 people had gathered earlier in the day.
A security camera was torched and some protesters pelted police, who responded with tear gas.
Demonstrators chanted slogans against France’s Socialist government, which earlier this month suspended the application of the so-called ecotax.
“People struggle to pay their bills at the end of the month, and now we’re going to ecotax them,” said one protester, pretending to strangle himself.