Parisian Policeman ablaze triggers fury amongst French protesters

Parisian Policeman ablaze triggers fury amongst French protesters

A French riot police officer is surrounded by flames, during a demonstration against the controversial labour reforms of the French government in Paris on September 15, 2016© Thomas Samson / AFP
A shocking picture from Thursday’s labor reform protests in Paris signals the return of fierce clashes between demonstrators and police over the contentious proposed legislation.

The photo of a torched policeman covered in flames, after molotov cocktails were thrown during the violent demonstration, ignited condemnation on Twitter and raised concern over protester’s attitudes toward law enforcers.

It’s understood at least 30,000 people gathered in the French capital in response to the controversial labor reform legislation that allows employers to hire and fire people more easily, as well as negotiate working times with their staff directly.

Around 170,000 people participated in protests across the country on Thursday, CGT trade union representatives told AFP. However, according to estimates by the French authorities, 78,000 people took part in the walk-out.