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French firemen fight each other in ‘pre-arranged’ brawl that only ends when TEAR GAS is deployed

An astonishing video of uniformed fire fighters and elite riot police meeting for an apparently pre-arranged fight have emerged in France.

The two rival groups confronted each other on a council estate in north east Paris yesterday.

The armed CRS, for police Republican Security Companies, wear full body armour and carry shields and batons, while their opponents wear distinctive silver helmets.

After a charge by the CRS, there is hand-to-hand fighting, before the police throw tear gas grenades.

If followed disturbances earlier in the day during a march by the firefighters, who were on the street calling for better pay and working conditions.

‘The firefighters had been roughed about by the CRS and were not happy about it,’ said a witness.

‘A group of them pulled away from the main body of demonstrators and there confrontation with a CRS unit that seemed to be pre-arranged.

‘Things got very violent, and the confrontation was only broken up when the CRS started throwing tear gas grenades.’

The video of the trouble was posted by the independent news outlet Hors Zone (Out of the zone) Press on Twitter.

An astonishing video of uniformed fire fighters and elite riot police meeting for an apparently pre-arranged fight have emerged in France

The armed CRS, for police Republican Security Companies, wear full body armour and carry shields and batons, while their opponents wear distinctive silver helmets

The armed CRS, for police Republican Security Companies, wear full body armour and carry shields and batons, while their opponents wear distinctive silver helmets

Earlier in the day, there had been fighting on the main route of the protest march, which was between Republique and Nation squares.

Some of the protesting firemen even set themselves on fire, before the flames were extinguished by colleagues.

There have been continual street protests and strikes in France for the past six weeks in protests against new pension reforms being introduced by President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

After a charge by the CRS, there is hand-to-hand fighting, before the police throw tear gas grenades

After a charge by the CRS, there is hand-to-hand fighting, before the police throw tear gas grenades

So-called Yellow Vests, demonstrators named after their trademark fluorescent motoring jackets, have also been on the street since November 2018.

They started off complaining about rising fuel charges, but are now a mass movement who want Mr Macron to resign.

The independent Mr Macron came to power in 2017, pledging to shrink France’s public services, and to make the private sector more competitive.

But the former merchant banker is now frequently referred to as the ‘President of the Rich’ who is mainly on the side of big business. 

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters are pictured waving burning torches through the streets of Paris in a demonstration against pension reforms on Tuesday

Firefighters are pictured waving burning torches through the streets of Paris in a demonstration against pension reforms on Tuesday 

Thousands of firefighters demonstrated against the pension reforms in Paris yesterday by setting themselves on fire

Thousands of firefighters demonstrated against the pension reforms in Paris yesterday by setting themselves on fire 

Some firefighters with their face painted with the movie character 'Joker' theme, participate in a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Parisyesterday

Some firefighters with their face painted with the movie character ‘Joker’ theme, participate in a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Parisyesterday

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

‘The police responded with tear gas, and then went in with their batons. The fighting got very ugly.’

The worst trouble took place soon after 4pm in the Avenue de la Republique, between Republique and Nation squares.

The fire fighters had tried to tear down the barriers close to the Paris ring road, because they wanted to expand their marching route.

Unions organised the Paris protest for fire service workers all over the country. They set off noisy firecrackers in the capital’s Place de la Republique to bring attention to their cause.

A firefighter sets alight another one as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system

A firefighter sets alight another one as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Firefighters can be seen clashing with police officers in Paris this afternoon during protests against pension reforms

Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19 per cent to 25 per cent to fulfill their missions – which they say reductions in personnel have made increasingly difficult. 

They say attacks against them are also on the rise.

A spokesman for the Paris prefecture said: ‘It was unacceptable blocking of the ring road by certain professional firefighters who do not respect the declared route [of their protest march].’ 

A French CRS riot policeman helps a colleague during a demonstration by French firefighters to protest against working conditions, in Paris yesterday

A French CRS riot policeman helps a colleague during a demonstration by French firefighters to protest against working conditions, in Paris yesterday 

French police clash with firefighters protesting over pension reforms and for better working conditions in Paris, France, 28 January 2020

French police clash with firefighters protesting over pension reforms and for better working conditions in Paris, France, 28 January 2020

Firefighters set themselves alight during protests against President Emmanuel Macron's planned pension reforms  in Paris yesterday

Firefighters set themselves alight during protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s planned pension reforms  in Paris yesterday

Firefighters set themselves alight as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Paris yesterday

Firefighters set themselves alight as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system in Paris yesterday

Firefighters brandish flares as they climb on the Statue of Republic Triumph at Nation square during a demonstration to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Paris yesterday

Firefighters brandish flares as they climb on the Statue of Republic Triumph at Nation square during a demonstration to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system in Paris yesterday 

French CRS riot police take position as French firefighters attend a demonstration to protest against working conditions, in Paris yesterday

French CRS riot police take position as French firefighters attend a demonstration to protest against working conditions, in Paris yesterday

As night fell over Paris this evening the protests continued, causing havoc in the city

As night fell over Paris this evening the protests continued, causing havoc in the city 

Paris police said firefighters who tried to break down or scale fencing near the Nation area of Paris were dispersed by water cannon. 

Some of the protesting firemen even set their uniforms on fire while they were wearing them, although they were clearly taking safety measures.

There have been continual street protests and strikes in France for the past six weeks in protests against new pension reforms being introduced by President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Firefighters brandish flares as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Paris yesterday

Firefighters brandish flares as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system in Paris yesterday

Some firefighters with their face painted with the movie character 'Joker' theme, participate in a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Paris yesterday

Some firefighters with their face painted with the movie character ‘Joker’ theme, participate in a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Paris yesterday

Firefighters hold flares as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Paris yesterday

Firefighters hold flares as they take part in a demonstration to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system in Paris yesterday 

Firefighters march during a demonstration Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Paris. Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19 per cent to 25 per cent to fulfill their missions, which they say reductions in personnel have made increasingly difficult

Firefighters march during a demonstration Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in Paris. Participants want a raise in risk pay from 19 per cent to 25 per cent to fulfill their missions, which they say reductions in personnel have made increasingly difficult

French police clash with firefighters protesting over pension reforms and for better working conditions in Paris yesterday

French police clash with firefighters protesting over pension reforms and for better working conditions in Paris yesterday

Firefighters march during a demonstration yesterday in Paris, before the violence broke out

Firefighters march during a demonstration yesterday in Paris, before the violence broke out 

Firefighters take part in a demonstration to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Paris yesterday

Firefighters take part in a demonstration to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system in Paris yesterday

So-called Yellow Vests, demonstrators named after their trademark fluorescent motoring jackets, have also been on the street since November 2018. 

They started off complaining about rising fuel charges, but are now a mass movement who want Mr Macron to resign.

The independent Mr Macron came to power in 2017, pledging to shrink France’s public services, and to make the private sector more competitive.

French firefighters simulate setting themselves on fire during a demonstration to protest against working conditions, in Paris, France yesterday

French firefighters simulate setting themselves on fire during a demonstration to protest against working conditions, in Paris, France yesterday

French firefighters simulate setting themselves on fire during a demonstration to protest against working conditions, in Paris yesterday

French firefighters simulate setting themselves on fire during a demonstration to protest against working conditions, in Paris yesterday 

housands of firefighters participate in a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Paris, France, 28 January 2020

housands of firefighters participate in a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Paris, France, 28 January 2020

Firefighters push a kart representing a firefighter truck as they take part in a demonstration at Republic Square to protest against French government's plan to overhaul the country's retirement system in Paris, on January 28, 2020

Firefighters push a kart representing a firefighter truck as they take part in a demonstration at Republic Square to protest against French government’s plan to overhaul the country’s retirement system in Paris, on January 28, 2020

Firefighters light smoke grenades at the Republique square during a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Paris yesterday

Firefighters light smoke grenades at the Republique square during a demonstration against the pension reforms and for better work conditions in Paris yesterday

But the former merchant banker is now frequently referred to as the ‘President of the Rich’ who is mainly on the side of big business.   

Firefighters previously demonstrated in October – marked by clashes with the police. 

One protester in the southern city of Dijon was seriously hit in the eye and has still not recovered his vision.

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