Security forces in Paris responded with tear gas as masked youths threw bottles and cobblestones, leaving three policemen with serious injuries , Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, adding that 24 police were injured overall.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls strongly condemned the unrest, which he blamed on "an irresponsible minority". "They will be brought to justice. Support to the police ," he wrote on Twitter.
Cazeneuve criticized what he called the excesses of those who sought to exploit the violence on the fringes of the protests after visiting injured policemen in hospital.