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GRAPHIC footage from France’s Rouen shows levels of police violence that enraged protesters nationwide

Eyewitness footage from the scene shows riot police engaging with demonstrators in, ever-increasingly aggressive encounters, ranging from pushing and shoving, to tear gassing, before eventually the police begin swinging batons at the unarmed protesters.

The altercation took place at the corner of rue Jeanne d’Arc and rue du Gros-Horloge in the city center at around noon local time.

One man was filmed with blood streaming down his face after the encounter. The bloodied 61-year-old was treated at the scene by paramedics and firefighters, before being transferred to Rouen University Hospital.

Pension reform marches turned violent across the country, with brutal flare ups in the capital Paris, as well as in smaller cities nationwide.

Header: Police on Thursday as France faced its 36th consecutive day of strike against the government’s pension reform plans. © Reuters/Benoit Tessier