By  on December 5, 2019

PARIS — Over 800,000 demonstrators protesting pension reforms in France swept Paris and other cities around the country Thursday, disrupting transportation and shutting schools, with sporadic flareups of violence at a time when the all-important holiday spending season is normally entering full swing.

Police deployed a force of 6,000 in the capital, where thousands took to the streets in mostly peaceful marches but with sporadic clashes. By evening, police had made 90 arrests.

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