Shocking moment town hall engulfed in flames in Bordeaux as protests spread in France
SHOCKING footage shows the town hall in Bordeaux engulfed in flames as protests spread across France.
A dramatic video shows the moment the building went up in flames while hundreds of rioters are chanting as the nationwide protests continue for the ninth day.
Earlier this week, rioters torched the town hall in the city of Lyon after furious protests erupted over President Emmanuel Macron's controversial plan to raise the country's pension age from 62 to 64.
Protests took place on Thursday in several French cities including Paris where rioters clashed with police who fired teargas and charged the crowds with batons.
Crowds were angered even further after the French President insisted the government's bill to raise the retirement age must be implemented by the end of the year in an interview on Wednesday.
Some protesters lit fires in the street, setting ablaze pallets and piles of uncollected rubbish.
Protesters blockaded train stations, the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, refineries and ports as over 250 protests were planned across the country.
Police had also fired tear gas at some protesters in several other cities, including Nantes and Bordeaux in the west, and used water cannons against others in Rennes in the northwest.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that, across France, 123 members of the security forces had been injured and at least 80 people arrested.
The protests have sparked fears over King Charles' state visit to France next week with striking workers refusing to provide red carpets and uncollected rubbish piling up in Paris streets.
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