Police arrested 54 people.

Thousands of people have joined May Day marches across France, demanding higher wages and the rejection of the recently re-elected President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to raise the retirement age.

Most of the actions were peaceful, but there were outbreaks of violence in Paris, after which the police arrested 54 people.

Eight policemen were injured.

This was announced on Twitter by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

About 250 rallies were organized in Paris and other cities, including Lille, Nantes, Toulouse and Marseille. In total, about 116,500 people demonstrated in the country, including 24,000 in the capital, the French Interior Ministry said.

In Paris, trade unionists were joined by representatives of political organizations – mostly leftists – as well as environmentalists who advocate strengthening measures to combat climate change.