Paris police hurt in clash with striking firefighters

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PARIS, Nov 21, 2006 (AFP) - Fifteen policemen were injured in Paris Tuesday in clashes during a demonstration of firefighters, who were protesting for a pay bonus and the right to retire at 55.

PARIS, Nov 21, 2006 (AFP) - Fifteen policemen were injured in Paris Tuesday in clashes during a demonstration of firefighters, who were protesting for a pay bonus and the right to retire at 55.

Helmeted firemen fired distress flares at police and pelted them with stones and debris near the Austerlitz bridge during a march through the east of the capital.

Eight special riot police and seven other officers of the military police were hurt, including one suffering serious wounds to the head and another to the leg after being hit with a sledge-hammer, according to a police spokesman.

A police vehicle was also set on fire and 35 people taking part in the demonstration were detained, police added.

The national federation of firefighters (FNSPF) on Tuesday denounced the "contemptible acts" of some firefighters during the demonstrations.

"The erring ways of some do not tarnish the work that 250,000 firefighters in France, of which 200,000 are volunteers, do every day to the great satisfaction of the population," the FNSPF said in a statement.

The protest was called by unions representing 37,800 firefighters from across the country. Firefighters were also demanding extra money for work in "dangerous" suburban areas hit by recent riots.

Some 6,000 people took part in the demonstration according to police, but organisers said the figure was at least 10,000.

Paris and Marseille firefighters, who have military status, did not take part.

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Subject: French news

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