France riots: Tear gas fired at protestors as anger mounts at Macron's 'police ...

TEAR GAS was fired as thousands of protestors took to the streets in Lyon amid anger mounting over French President Emmanuel Macron's new "police state" law.

PUBLISHED: 20:11, Tue, Nov 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 23:37, Tue, Nov 24, 2020

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Crowds of people gathered in Lyon this evening, with some carrying placards that said: "No to the police state". Dramatic footage on social media also showed the streets filling up with thick smoke as flares and tear gas were thrown. People were seen wearing dark clothing and masks on their faces as they swarmed the roads and streets. 

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A witness tweeted: "Police use tear gas to #Lyon where several thousand people are united against the #LoiSecuriteGlobale."

The riots were over Mr Macron's new general security bill, which was approved by French MPs today.

The new bill would mean it would become a crime for people to share pictures of police officers without blurring their faces.

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Publishing images on social media with the aim to undermine a police officer's "physical or psychological integrity" could also result in a year's prison sentence or a fine of up to €45,000.

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But since this legislation was proposed last month, there have been protests against it in cities across France, including Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille.

Human rights organisations have also criticised the proposed bill as they say it could limit press freedoms and undermine potential abuses of power by the police being held to account.

There have also been complaints that the bill's wording is too vague.

Amnesty France said in a statement on their website: "If such a law were to enter into force as it stands, it would constitute a serious violation of the right to information, to respect for private life, and to freedom of peaceful assembly, three conditions which are

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