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Thousands of high school pupils demonstrated in France on Thursday against President Nicolas Sarkozy's pension reform as strikes shut eight of France's 12 refineries.

School students protest

A French high school student was undergoing surgery on Friday after being injured by a flash-ball shot by a police officer on Thursday. And in the northern city of Caen, a student's father said that his son had to have a five-hour operation after his head was hit by a tear gas grenade.

Students in the streets on Thursday:

  • Rennes: between 5,000 and 8,000 students joined demonstrations.
  • Saint-Brieuc: 4,500 students.
  • Reims: 3,000 students.
  • Brest: 2,000 students.
  • Lens: 2,000 students.
  • Orl√©ans: 1,700 students.
  • Blois: 1,500 students.
  • Montpellier: 1,500 students.
  • Brive: 1,200 students.
  • Touts, Dax, Nancy, Niort, Caen: 1,000 students.
  • Bordeaux: between 4,000 and 5,000 workers and students.
  • Toulouse: 20,000 demonstrators, including students.

Read more at Radio France International

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