Riot police used tear gas and fought running battles with anti-vaxxers in Paris as thousands took to the street in protest at French Covid rules.

Signs saying “we are not guinea pigs” and “freedom” were some of the messages from protestors with around 150 separate events organised across France after the government used emergency powers to bring in anti-Covid measures.

Tear gas and baton charges were used against violent groups in Paris who attacked police with flares.

Four marches descended on the Place de la Bastille, where water cannons and squads of gendarmes and CRS riot police were waiting for them.

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