PARIS –– French authorities detained at least 150 people for questioning Sunday after a demonstration in favor of a global climate agreement in central Paris turned into a violent clash between protesters and police.
Video showed demonstrators throwing projectiles at police, who charged crowds and dragged people away near the Place de la Republique, a traditional rallying place for marches in the capital.
More than 140 world leaders are to attend the United Nations-sponsored talks on lowering carbon emissions.
France banned demonstrations as part of a state of emergency after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks, and some environmental groups have criticized the restrictions.
“No one was hurt,” Michel Cadot, the head of Paris police, said at a news conference. “The demonstration turned a little violent, but it was kept under control. Police used restraint.”
The Interior Ministry canceled a series of public demonstrations planned during the climate talks, which begin Monday and will attract about 40,000 delegates and heads of state, including President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. In response to the attacks and the size of the meeting in suburban Le Bourget, the government closed some major roads around Paris until late Monday.
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