A large demonstration against COVID-19 passes that was held in Paris on Saturday, has spiraled into clashes between protesters and police, forcing anti-riot squads to deploy teargas.
The demonstrators were marching with French flags and placards reading "Freedom," a Sputnik correspondent reported from the French capital.
The rally was initiated by Florian Philippot, the founder of the Patriots party and a former National Rally member, who intends to run in the presidential election in 2022.
The protests have also hit Marseille, France's second largest city, national media reported, saying that the demonstrators were singing the national anthem and chanting "Freedom."
French President Emmanuel Macron announced earlier in July a series of new restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19.