Anarchists and students riot in central Paris after police stop them demonstrating before the UN climate change summit

Over 200 protesters were arrested in Paris after masked anarchists tried to start a riot in the city today as the police stopped them demonstrating before the UN climate change summit.All protests have been banned in the capital city following the terrorist attacks two weeks ago in which 130 people died. But around 500 people turned up in Place de la Republique anyway, and started throwing bottles and stones at CRS riot squads.They responded with tear gas and baton charges, soon after 2pm, and an uneasy stand off followed. By late evening, the number of arrests had risen to 208, with 174 of those in custody placed under formal police investigation.

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‘Our aim is to stop the trouble, and to make sure the crowds disperse,’ said a CRS spokesman.Earlier, a pair of shoes belonging to the Pope was among thousands left in the famous square, as a protest against the banning of a climate change march.

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