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Students And Police Clash In France

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And more on the pension reforms in France, as violent clashes erupt in Paris and Lyon ahead of a Senate vote. Police resorted to tear gas on High School students in attempts to disperse the angry crowd.

French police battle students as the country's pension row deepens.

The clashes erupted shortly before noon near a high-school in Nanterre.

Students accuse the police of barricading them in their school so they couldn't take part in the mass demonstrations sweeping the country.

Police advanced to disperse the angry crowd but the students held their ground.

[High School Student]: (French)
"They gassed us with individual tear gas canisters, they then charged. So we didn't let ourselves be pushed around. Luckily, we stayed on the front foot, so they gassed us up close."

Violent clashes also broke out in the city of Lyon.

Police confronted several hundred demonstrators forcing them to retreat.

Other parts of the country report fuel shortages and train services disrupted due to the protests.

This season of unrest started when the government proposed raising the retirement age by two years to 62.

The situation has intensified ahead of a Senate vote on the unpopular overhaul expected to go through in the next 48 hours.

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