A thousand protesters gathered Saturday afternoon in the heart of Lyon in an atmosphere that was quickly tense with tear gas.
Despite the ban on demonstrations in the city center, several hundred people had gathered at Place Bellecour since 1 pm, most of them not wearing the iconic "yellow vest".
In a rather confused atmosphere, some demonstrators were going to the edge of the square. And the situation was tense near the bridge leading to the district of Guillotiere, resulting in tear gas in this busy area on Saturday.
The police wanted to disperse demonstrators who were firing projectiles at them, says the Rhone prefecture.