Demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to protest a new proposed law by Emmanuel Macron and his Government. The new security bill would criminalise the dissemination of images of police officers that revealed their identity. Videos surfaced on social media of individuals and groups protesting in their own way across the capital.
In one video, a group of demonstrators were recorded holding smoke bombs.
Many protestors surrounded them and chanted in solidarity.
Protestors across the country lashed out at Emmanuel Macron and rejected the idea of a police state and demanded liberty.
Many protestors gathered at the Court of Human Rights beneath the Eiffel Tower.
The security bill was debated by French MPs on Tuesday and proved to be controversial as it would make it a crime for anyone, journalists and civilians alike, to share images of police officers unless their faces had been blurred.
Publishing images to social media with the intent to undermine an on-duty officer’s “physical or psychological integrity” could also be punishable by a year’s prison sentence or a fine of up to €45,000.
The bill was initially put forward by President Macron’s centrist Government in October and has since triggered protests in cities across France including, Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Bordeaux.
President Macron has also faced criticism from human rights organisations who have argued the dangers of the new bill.
The bill is an amendment to already existing legislation and has been defended by some politicians.
Minister Gerald Darmanin, has said: “Article 24 was necessary to protest those who protect us.”
This comes after reports that police officers and riot police are being increasingly targeted and threatened.
Last month, a police station in Paris in the south-eastern suburbs was stormed by a mob armed with fireworks and metal bars.