Outrage in France over protest nurse arrest

A nurse kneeling on the ground being arrested by police officers. The arrest in Paris has sparked accusations of police violence
The arrest of a nurse during a protest by healthcare workers in Paris has sparked accusations of police violence.

The arrest of a nurse in her 50s during a protest by healthcare workers in Paris on June 16 has sparked accusations of police violence in France.

In videos circulated online, the nurse was seen being held against the ground by police and later with blood on her face after being arrested for throwing projectiles at, and insulting, police officers.

Footage from the protest shows police restraining the nurse by holding her chest to the ground while she asks for a ventoline, an inhaler containing a drug to help treat respiratory illness.

The arrest occurred in Paris, on the Esplanade des Invalides, during a protest by health workers over their working conditions on Tuesday June 16.

The nurse was arrested and held in custody for throwing projectiles in the direction of police. She was released from custody yesterday (June 17), after being charged with insulting public officials as well as rebelling and causing violence against public officials.

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Arrest filmed and shared on social media

Journalist Remy Buisine shared a video of the nurse being arrested via Twitter. 

In his post he described the arrest: “A woman, in her ...

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