Protesters throw Molotov cocktails during clashes with French gendarmes during an evacuation operation in the zoned ZAD (Deferred Development Zone) in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, near Nantes, France, April 10, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
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After a dawn swoop Monday to demolish makeshift shelters housing eco-activists and anarchists, police have been engaged in running skirmishes with those refusing to leave and said hundreds of "ultra-leftists" had arrived intent on violence.The local prefect said a police helicopter had been targeted by someone firing birdshot and police described one attack on their ranks as an "ambush". In Paris, police were called in to evict 200 protesters who had occupied part of the Sorbonne University overnight.The head of the national gendarmerie, Richard Lizurey, said scores of troublemakers had arrived in recent days, lifting the number facing police to about 700 from 150 at the outset.
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