20,000 protest police violence in France

Protestors on a street in north Paris. Around 20,000 people gathered at a Black Lives Matter protest in Paris on June 2, 2020.
Around 20,000 people gathered at a Black Lives Matter protest in Paris on June 2, 2020.

The protest on June 2 was banned by police, but went ahead anyway in front of a courthouse in Paris and in other cities in France. 

Large-scale protests against police violence took place across France last night (June 2), mirroring Black Lives Matter protests in the US.

Around 20,000 people joined protests outside a courthouse in northern Paris. In Lille (Nord), there were 2,500 protesters, and hundreds gathered in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) and Lyon (Rhône). 

Protests went ahead despite a ban by police hours before it was due to start.

In a statement, the police cited coronavirus as a reason for not allowing the protest to go ahead. ...

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