Jun 28, 2019
French riot police tear-gassed climate protesters in Paris on Friday as the county sweltered under record heat.
"We need to civilly disrupt because, otherwise, nothing is going to be done," a British woman who took part in the protest toldEuronews.
Video shows the police teargassing the protesters at a close range and then forcibly trying to remove them from the scene.
350 Europe described the display of police violence as "shocking."
\u201cMeanwhile, on the hottest day in the history of France, here\u2019s shocking video of police spraying tear gas in the faces of climate activists in Paris.\n\nThis happened today. Do not look away.\u201d— Eric Holthaus (@Eric Holthaus) 1561735457
\u201cLa police doucement, on fait \u00e7a pour vos enfants\ud83c\udfb6 chantent les militant.e.s de @XtinctionRebel face aux #violencespolici\u00e8res \nhttps://t.co/MVcwvAGkpv\u201d— D\u00e9cidons Paris (@D\u00e9cidons Paris) 1561722485
The XR action took place as temperatures hovered in near 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32deg C) in Paris--far cooler than in some other parts of the country.
\u201cAt almost the same time as French police tear gas #ExtinctionRebellion protesters in Paris, the temperature in the south of the country has broken all-time records. \n\nWe are in an emergency. Governments must #TellTheTruth and #ActNow.\n\n#RebelForLife. \nhttps://t.co/O2y4AAHclV\u201d— Extinction Rebellion Berlin (@Extinction Rebellion Berlin) 1561735125
The French meteorological agency said that temperatures topped 45deg C (113deg F) for the first time on the books, with the threshold being passed in three cities.
The steamiest reading was in Gallargues-le-Montueux, where it hit 45.9 degC (114.6deg F) in the late afternoon.
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