Some 500 opponents of Eric Zemmour’s visit to Zenith in Nantes gathered this Saturday afternoon in the Atlantis car park. Some demonstrators entered the four lanes in an attempt to approach the support of the polemicist. They were driven back with tear gas.
While unions and left-wing parties had met in the city center of Nantes, this Saturday afternoon, others preferred to demonstrate as close as possible to the Zenith of Nantes, where Eric Zemmour gathered his support. About 500 people gathered in the parking lot of the Atlantis shopping center, several hours before the arrival of the far-right polemicist. If clashes erupted between the police and demonstrators after some entered the four lanes in order to approach the aficionados of Eric Zemmour, no clash took place between the two parties.
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The tension rose a notch between anti-Zemmour and police forces long before the polemicist crowded the forecourt of the Zenith in Nantes. Present in large numbers, police and gendarmes repeatedly used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators – including thirty entirely dressed in black – who had interrupted traffic on the National 444 by entering the four lanes.
The footbridge allowing to cross the road and closed by prefectural decree was nevertheless invested by several opponents. Projectiles including a caddy were thrown at the CRS present on the other side of the passage. The latter then again used tear gas. As for the support of the former TV host, gathered behind fences, they tried to make themselves heard by chanting “Zemmour president”.
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